Old cucumber soup with carrot (老黄瓜排骨汤)
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 small old cucumber (scrubbed clean, seeds scooped out, cut into chunks, leave skin on)
  • 2 small carrots or 1 large carrot (cut into chunks)
  • 250g pork ribs
  • 3 chicken carcasses
  • 8 red dates, pitted
  • 10g dried scallop
  • 1 teaspoon bitter and sweet almonds
  • 1 candied date (optional)
  • 1 dried cuttlefish (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic (with skin on)
  • fish sauce and/or salt to taste
  • 1L water (if cooking via slow cooker)/ 2-3L (if cooking on stove top)
Instructions
Cooking via slow cooker:
  1. Blanch the pork ribs and chicken bones.
  2. Rinse the bitter and sweet almonds, red dates, cuttlefish and garlic and add these together with the candied date, pork ribs and chicken bones to a soup bag before putting the bag into the water in a slow cooker. Add the dried scallop in the slow cooker.
  3. Let the soup base slow cook for about 6hours on LOW.
  4. Add the old cucumber and carrots and cook for another 2 hours on HIGH.
  5. Add fish sauce/ salt to taste.
If cooking on stove top:
  1. Blanch the pork ribs and chicken bones.
  2. Rinse the red dates, cuttlefish and garlic and add these together with the pork ribs and chicken bones to a soup bag before putting the bag into the water in a slow cooker. Add the dried scallop in the slow cooker.
  3. Bring the soup to a boil then simmer for 2-3hours on low heat.
  4. Add the old cucumber and carrots in the last hour.
  5. Add fish sauce and/or salt to taste.
Recipe by at http://simplymommie.com/2010/07/old-cucumber-soup-carrot-%e8%80%81%e9%bb%84%e7%93%9c%e6%8e%92%e9%aa%a8%e6%b1%a4.html