Watercress soup is one that almost every Chinese family knows how to prepare. The Chinese name for this vegetable is 西洋菜 (xi yang cai), and it is packed with lots of vitamins and anti oxidants, always a good thing to have every now and then 🙂 The easiest way to cook this soup is with some pork ribs and salt along with the watercress, but I am adding a bit more ingredients like dried red dates, dried goji berries, and Chinese almonds to add sweetness and even more vitamins to this healthy soup.
- 400 gram pork (ribs or loin), cut into bite size pieces
- 8 dried jujube fruits/red dates (Chinese: hong zao)
- 1 tablespoon wolfberry fruit/goji berries (Chinese: gou gi zi)
- 1 tablespoon Chinese almonds (Chinese: hang yen)
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 1½ liter water
- 250 gram watercress (Chinese: xi yang cai / Indonesian: selada air), remove ends and roughly chopped
- Place pork, red dates, goji berries, Chinese almonds, salt, and water in a pot. Bring to a boil and use a ladle to remove scum.
- Add watercress into the pot and cook until boiling again. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Turn off heat and serve immediately.