Thursday, June 23, 2011

Watercress Soup 西洋菜汤

Usually I boil soup with either Chinese herbs or root vegetables like carrot, potato, radish, nagaimo or lotus root. This time, I made a change to boil soup with green leafy vegetable, the watercress. My mom used to cook this soup with pork ribs, white pepper corns and red dates. So, I just follow her style and this time I cook it for my parents instead. However, you won’t taste the difference between my version and my mom’s version. This could be what I inherit from my mom. :)

The soup is refreshing, but not too cooling with added pepper corns and red dates. The watercress contributes lots of fiber. However, the vitamins may be partially loss throughout the simmering process.

Watercress Soup

2.5 liter water
1 big bunch of watercress, rinsed and cut into 2.5” length
1 chicken carcass, blanched
300gm of pork ribs, blanched
12 red dates, rinsed and make a cut on each date
1tsp of white pepper corn, cracked
Salt to taste

1.Bring water to boil in a pot.
2.Add cracked pepper corns, red dates, chicken carcass and pork ribs. Leave for simmering for 1 and a half hours.
3.Add watercress and bring to boil. Let the soup simmers for another 1 minutes.
4.Add salt to taste and serve warm.


Maris (In Good Taste) said...

What a hearty and delicious soup. And so pretty too!

Priya said...

Soup looks hearty and inviting..

Joanne said...

Wow I've never seen dates in soup before! What an interesting mix of ingredients!

daphne said...

I am on the lookout for watercress. I love how cooling this soup. I hope that the nutrients went into the water! :P

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

One of my favs:)

Anncoo said...

I love to cook this soup at home, very delicious and nutritious.

Rasa Malaysia said...

I have a pot sitting in the kitchen now, too. Love it but never posted the recipe because it's so hard to shoot Chinese soups. ARGH.

Belly Good Cooking said...

My family will have this soup at least once a week. Besides the cooling effect { without peppercorns :) }, I don't have to cook another vege for dinner. Soup and vege together. :D

Anonymous said...

This soup looks healthy and delicious. Great post!

kitchen flavours said...

My family's favourite! We just had this last week! Perfect for our hot weather!

Jeannie said...

I cooked this soup recently oso:D Love it!


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