watercress and pork bone soup

watercress and pork bone soup

watercress and pork bone soup

Watercress and Pork Bone Soup

A nutrient-packed, comforting soup that's great for when you're sick, or feeling "yeet hay"!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6


  • 1.5 lb pork bones pork neck bones or spare ribs
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 cups warm water (for rehydrating ingredients)
  • 1 lb watercress
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 dried duck kidneys optional
  • small handful dried scallop
  • 1 teaspoon north dried apricot seed or kernels (aka north dried almonds)
  • 2 tablespoon south dried apricot seed or kernels (aka south dried almonds)
  • 2 dried / candied dates
  • ½ of a whole dried tangerine peel
  • 2 inch knob of ginger
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon white pepper


Prepare the ingredients

  • Give the dried scallop, dried duck kidney, dried dates, and the north and south dried almonds a good rinse. Put them in a bowl with 2 cups of warm water, and cover to let rehydrate.
    2 dried duck kidneys, small handful dried scallop, 1 teaspoon north dried apricot seed or kernels, 2 tablespoon south dried apricot seed or kernels, 2 dried / candied dates, 2 cups warm water
  • Soak the dried tangerine peel in a separate bowl.
    ½ of a whole dried tangerine peel
  • Wash and soak watercress in large bowl of water. If there are white roots or debris, remove them.
    1 lb watercress
  • Peel and slice the carrots into 1 inch pieces (I like the roll-cut or oblique cut for this).
    1 large carrot
  • After 5-10 minutes, the tangerine peel should be soft. Scrape off the pith (the white fibrous part) with a spoon. The pith is bitter, so removing this will prevent your soup from becoming bitter.

Parboil the pork bones

  • Boil the pork bones in a pot of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Drain, then give the pork bones and pot a good rinse to remove any scum.
    1.5 lb pork bones

Make the soup

  • Break apart the rehydrated scallop with your fingers.
  • Slice the dried duck kidney into smaller, bite-sized pieces.
  • Bring the pork bones and 10 cups of water to boil with ginger, mandarin peel, candied / dried dates, scallop, duck kidney, north and south dried almond, and the water they were rehydrating in.
    10 cups water, 2 inch knob of ginger
  • Remove any scum that floats to the surface.
  • Once it starts boiling, reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Simmer for about 2 hours.
  • Add the carrots and watercress. Simmer for another 1 hour, covered.
  • Skim off any excess oil on the surface of the soup.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
    1.5 teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon white pepper
Keyword watercress dried kidney soup, watercress pork bone soup, watercress soup
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  1. hi there ! is the dried almond seeds optional? I hate eating them but i it is meant for flavor then I will add it. please let me know. ty.

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