Friday, November 12, 2010

Chinese Soup - Watercress & Pork Ribs Soup

Watercress which looks like a weed is aslo regarded as one in some regions, and to other regions a vegetable or herb. Watercress  has a high content of iron, folic acic, Vitamin A and C . It is also a source of  phytochemicals and antioxdants and is used as a diuretic, an expectorant, disgestive aid and even a stimulant.

Due to its high content in iodine, it is very beneficially for hypothyroidism sufferers. It also appears to have anti cancer properties and  is  believed to help defend against lung cancer.

If you are on medication it is advised  that you refrain from consuming watercress or consult your doctor first, as it  is known to have an effect in altering drug metabolism for individuals on certain medications.

This watercress soup is popular in many Chinese  households and can be found accompanying rice dishes in kopitiams (coffeeshops).  The watercress stems can be quite tough, and some would prefer the watercress to be boiled until soft and mushy but I like it just right, not too soft nor too green. It really depends on your own preference.

about 1 kg Pork Ribs
8-10 Red dates
1 Honey date
a bunch Watercress
about 3 litres of water

How to cook:
Put everything except watercress in a pot. Boil gently for 1 1/2 hours, adding in the watercress during the last 30 minutes cooking time. Season with salt to taste.

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