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300-500gm of ribs or chicken (cut to pieces)

 8-10 pcs of red dates
8pcs of mushroom( cut to half)

 2 bulb of garlic, remove the skin
** 1/2 to be stir-fry with oil till golden brown 

200-300gm of clams(optional) 

 1500ml water 

2tbsp soy sauce 

1tbsp chinese wine/brandy(optional) 

1tsp salt and pepper to taste.

 Heat up the wok, add 1 tbsp of oil and fried the other half of the garlic, mushroom and red dates until fragrant .
Add the ribs or chicken pcs and stir-fry for 2 mins. Add the stir-fry garlic.
Add 1500ml of water, 2tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp of chinese wine or brandy, 1tsp salt and pepper to taste.
Cook for half an hour. Add clams (optional). Cook till clams are all open.
Lastly, add basil leave before serving.

**the photos above are without the clams. The soup without the clams is sweet and light. With the clams it will be sweeter and refreshing.
**the sir-fry garlic is a key ingredient to this soup.

 Red dates