I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year’s eve. Despite the horrible weather around Christmas, we had fun, with lots of food involved of course. It was still raining cats and dogs during Christmas eve and the weather had been pretty glum after that until new year’s day, and nowadays, it’s just hot, hot, HOT!! This soup is perfect for this hot and stuffy weather as it helps eliminate body ‘heat’ and is diuretic.
Old cucumber as the name suggests is just matured cucumber, hence the brown and crinkly skin. When choosing old cucumber, the darker colour the skin the better, and the rougher the better. It is extremely high in dietary fibre, helps regulate the body’s inner temperature, and is also belived to have anti-aging and anti-cancer properties.
Old Cucumber and Pork Ribs Soup 老黄瓜排骨汤
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 2 hrs
Yield: serves 4
- 2 (about 440 g each) old cucumber – washed, seeds removed, cut into pieces
- 500 g pork ribs
- 10 dried red dates 红枣
- 2 honey dates 蜜枣
- 1.5 L water
- Blanch ribs. [Place ribs into a large pot, add enough water to cover. Bring to boil. Once water comes to a boil, remove from heat, drain and wash.]
- Place all ingredients into a pot (I used a claypot). Bring to boil then reduce heat to simmer for at least 2 hours covered.
Season to taste with salt.