While the trend is going big on bone broth, the Asians have been having such soups or broth since decades ago. Using very nutritional ingredients such as goji berries, red dates, honey dates and many others with medicinal values, these Chinese bone broths are recipes that you need to try in order to appreciate.
Fresh watercress is normally used in this recipe. However, being in Europe, I was unable to get hold of them. I was lucky enough to have found dried watercress to cook this soup which I love.
The ingredients needed are minimal, so that makes preparation very simple. You will need lots of patience though because such soups require at least 1.5 hours before it is ready. It has to be slowly simmered so that the taste of the ingredients would be infused together. I prefer to boil these soups for about 2 hours. Trust me, it is worth the time and patience. For more natural sweetness, you may add maize or carrot too.
Watercress Soup is also known as: 西洋菜湯
Blanch pork bones in boiling water with ginger for 10 seconds.
In another pot of water, add in pork bones, goji berries, watercress and red dates. Bring to boil. Lower heat to allow soup to simmer for at least 1.5 hours. Serve and enjoy while it is hot.