Recipe: Watercress Tofu Oyster Soup
Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 6 - 8
  • 1 bunch of watercress
  • 1 block of medium firm tofu
  • ½ tsp of sweet almonds
  • ½ tsp of bitter almonds
  • 4 dried oysters
  • 1 lb of lean pork
  • 3 honey dates
  • 10 cups of water
  • 2 slices of ginger
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  1. Rinse and soak the dried oysters and honey dates in cold water. Rinse the tofu block and cut into 1" cubes.
  2. Cut the pork to 2" chunks and blanch them in a small pot of water. Set aside.
  3. Bring 10 cups of water to boil in a larger pot. In the meanwhile, wash the watercress and cut crosswise in half if they are too long.
  4. When the water boils, add the ginger, dried oysters, honey dates, and blanched pork. Cook covered on high heat until the water boils again. Then lower the heat and simmer for 1.5 hours. Set the timer.
  5. When ready, add all remaining ingredients except for the salt. Cover and cook on low heat for another 45 minutes. Set the timer again.
  6. When done, add salt to taste, and serve.
1. See the watercress page in the Common Ingredients section for information on nutrition, health benefits, and buying tips.
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