Watercress Soup

Chinese soups are cooked for their source of nutrients. Slow-cooked watercress soup with pork is one of the many soups commonly served in Chinese meals. Try this delicious watercress and pork bone broth filled with nutrients to nourish your soul.

5 stars

Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 100 mins



Malaysian, Singaporean

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Nutrition per Serving

276 kcal
48 g
6 g
11 g

Chinese watercress soup can be cooked in basically two steps. This fits the current trend of bone broth and simple recipes. The Chinese, however, have been having such soups or broth since decades ago. The ingredients needed are minimal, so that makes preparation very simple. Using very nutritional ingredients such as goji berries, red dates, honey dates and many others with medicinal values, these Chinese bone broths are recipes you need to try in order to appreciate. For more natural sweetness, you may add maize or carrot.

Where to find watercress?

Fresh watercress is normally used in this recipe. However, being in Europe, I was unable to get hold of them but was lucky enough to find the dried version at the Asian grocer. They are usually sold in packs and stacked along with the dried fruits or herbs.

Dried Watercress
Dried Watercress

Using slow cooker

In this recipe, I allowed the soup to boil before reducing the heat to the minimum and let it simmer for 1.5 hours. The soup has to be slowly simmered so that the taste of the ingredients would be infused together. However, cooking soups using the slow cooker makes it even easier. It is recommended to cook it for 6-8 hours on low heat to allow the vegetables to slowly release their nutrients. Otherwise, cook it at high heat for 3-4 hours. It's that simple. Lots of patience is needed to prepare the soup. Trust me, it is worth the time and patience.

Not suitable during pregnancy or menstruation

As watercress is said to have cooling properties, women who are pregnant in their first trimester should avoid this soup. This also applies to those who are menstruating as food with cooling properties may cause period cramps which can be very uncomfortable.


150 g
pork bones
1 cm
2 tbsp
goji berries
red dates
2 1⁄2 l

Steps to Prepare

Watercress Soup Step 1

Step 1 of 2

    • 150 g pork bones
    • 1 cm ginger

Blanch pork bones with ginger in boiling water for 10 seconds.

Watercress Soup Step 2

Step 2 of 2

    • 2 tbsp goji berries
    • watercress
    • 4 red dates
    • 2 1⁄2 l water

In another pot of water, add pork bones, goji berries, watercress and red dates. Bring to boil. Lower heat to minimum and allow to simmer for at least 1.5 hours. Serve hot.

Published: April 10, 2016

1 Discussions

Anne Foo
4 years ago

Anne Foo

Hi, could you show how dried watercress looks like? Are they sold in packs? I live in Sweden and I can't find fresh watercress either. Curious to see if I could find dried I was here. Thanks!

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
4 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Yes, they are. We've just updated the details with a photo of dried watercress. Hope that helps.

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