Friday, March 9, 2007

Old Cucumber Soup

We love soup! I spend a lot of money on gas making soup because I brew it for at least 4 hours! My boy knows it if I took a short cut. Then he won't even drink it. Well maybe he still does drink half a bowl to give me 'face'. hahaha ...

Anyway, this vegetable I'm using is called 老黄瓜 in Chinese. It looks like a bigger version of cucumber but with brownish-yellow slightly rough, crinkle skin. It's called Old Yellow Cucumber translated directly. I haven't had a clue what its proper English name is. Anyone drop me note if you know.

  • Old Yellow Cucumber, washed, sliced in big chunks and seeds removed.
  • 1 piece dried octopus, cut into pieces
  • 5 red dates, stoned
  • 250g pork ribs
  • 2 litre water
  • Salt to taste

How to do it:
  1. Blanched the pork ribs.
  2. Put all ingredients except salt in a pot and bring to boil.
  3. Once the water starts to boil, turn down the fire to low.
  4. Brew for at least 4 hours (to bring out the flavour).
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Serve.
The meat from the cucumber is so well cooked that it just 'melt' in your mouth!


  1. So coincidence, I made this soup today too. But I just have pork ribs and dried dates only. Wow u cook four hours I short cut two hours only but twins still give face and finished all.

  2. Yah, I cook like yours sometimes too. I add wolfberries in sometimes too.

    All my soup are either double-boiled or brew for 4-5 hours leh. Maybe used to the taste already.

  3. Mdm 2359
    Hahahaha ... you should know very well lah. ;p