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Watercress soup can help alleviate dry coughs, sore throats and irritability. A cooling and nutritious earthy soup.
Recipe type: Slow Simmer Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
  • 1 bunch of watercress - ends trimmed and washed
  • 300 g pork ribs
  • 6-8 dried red dates
  • 1 carrot - peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 6-8 dried oysters
  • 3 tbsp of goji berries
  • 2 honey dates
  • 20 g ikan bilis (dried anchovies) - rinsed
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt - to taste
  1. Blanch the pork ribs in a pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes to remove surface scum. This process makes for a clearer soup. Remove, rinse and set aside.
  2. Transfer all the ingredients into a soup pot and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn to the lowest heat and simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours or until pork ribs are soft.
  3. Season with salt to taste.
Cooking Notes
1. You can substitute pork with chicken meat or chicken carcass or even a mixture of both.
2. Add in watercress about an hour into the cooking time if you don't want the watercress to be too soft.
Recipe by Souper Diaries at