The most popular usage of watercress where I grew up is cooking it as a soup. Watercress is dirt cheap in Indonesia and I believe everywhere in Southeast Asia. Literally “dirt cheap” because they grow near the “gutter” and people just pick them up and wash them thoroughly with salt and vinegar before cooking. The watercress here in the U.S. is really clean and “good” looking and of course cultivated, not in a “gutter” lol!
This watercress soup recipe I’m sharing here is a very simple soup recipe made with chicken broth, garlic, red dates and tomatoes. You can add in few slices of ginger too.
- 1 bunch of watercress
- 1 lb pork bones
- 6 red dates
- 1 tomato (halved)
- 4 cloves of garlic (peeled and crushed)
- Salt and Pepper to season
- 8 cups of chicken broth
- Bring a big pot of water to a boil, blanch the pork bones and discard the water and rinse with cold water. Rinse the pot clean and put in 8 cups of chicken broth. Bring to a boil and add in the pork bones, garlic, tomato, red dates, and watercress. Lower the heat and let it simmer for the next 1 hour or until everything is really tender and soft. Have a taste and season with salt and pepper to your taste