Chinese Watercress Soup (Sai Yong Choy Tong)

Chinese Watercress Soup (Sai Yong Choy Tong)

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese, Indonesian Chinese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marvellina
Nutrient-rich watercress served as soup is popular soup in Chinese household. Sai Yong Choy Tong is suitable for everyday consumption and can be part of confinement food as well.
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  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 300 gr fresh Chinese watercress washed
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and smashed with side of the knife
  • 2 slices of 3-inch fresh ginger peeled and lightly bruised to release flavor
  • 200 gr boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into small bite size
  • 8 red dates
  • 1 large tomato quartered
  • 1/4 cup goji berries washed


Cooking equipment recommended (use either one):


Cooking with instant pot:

  • Place all the ingredients in the insert of instant pot, except for goji berries, salt and sugar. Pressure cook on high for 5 minutes. Wait for 1 minute and then turn the steam handle to venting. Open the lid carefully. Stir in goji berries and the residual heat will soften the berries. Season with salt and sugar to taste.

Cooking on stove-top:

  • Place 8 cups of chicken broth in a pot and bring to a boil. Add garlic, ginger, chicken pieces, better than bouillon (or bouillon cube) and red dates. Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the watercress and tomato, cook for another 10 minutes or until the watercress and its stems are soft. Add goji berries last and cook for another 5 minutes. Season with salt to your taste. Remove from the heat and serve while it is hot


Add more ginger if you are using this recipe for confinement. My mom even add some sesame oil and a bit of wine into the soup