Chinese watercress soup can be done 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. 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.
In this recipe, I allowed the soup to boil before reducing the heat to let it simmers for 1.5 hours. However, cooking soups using the slow cooker makes it even easier. It is recommended to cook the soup for 6-8 hours on low heat to allow the vegetables to slowly release their nutrients. Otherwise, cook at high heat for 3-4 hours. It's that simple. The soup has to be slowly simmered so that the taste of the ingredients would be infused together.
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.
The ingredients needed are minimal, so that makes preparation very simple. You will need lots of patience to prepare the soup. 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.