The husband said he would like to have watercress soup for dinner and I cringed because it was a soup that I disliked since I was little. Even when Gran used to make it a lot at home last time because it is supposedly nutritious and cooling for the body, I would only eat the pork ribs but leave the watercress and soup aside because there was just a taste in the soup that I didn’t appreciate. Despite that, I decided to try making the soup with goji and red dates to give it a sweeter flavour, while hoping I might like it since my taste buds would have probably changed over the years.
Watercress Pork Ribs Soup
Ingredients (serves 3-4)
400g pork ribs, blanched in boiling water to remove scum
1/2 bulb garlic, place in soup pouch
a small handful of dried seedless red dates
1 heaped tbsp goji (dried wolfberries)
salt to taste
1. Add all ingredients except goji berries into soup pot and fill with enough water to cover the ingredients.
2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes till pork is tender. Remove soup pouch, add the goji berries and simmer for another 10 minutes.
3. Season with a little salt if required.
The goji and red dates did sweeten the soup so that flavour of watercress is not so overpowering for me. While I didn’t hate the soup as much as last time, I didn’t like it that much either so I told the husband this was only a one-off attempt just for him. Give me lotus root soup please!