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Chinese watercress pork bone soup with blue towel on the side
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Watercress pork bones dates soup (西洋菜豬骨蜜棗湯)

Pork and watercress soup is a classic Chinese soup. This watercress pork bones soup recipe (西洋菜豬骨蜜棗湯) is simple and tasty. Also, it is both top stove and instant pot watercress soup methods.
Course Soup
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 1kcal
Author Tracy O.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch Watercress
  • 1.5 pounds Pork neck bones
  • 2 pieces Chinese honey dates
  • 10 cups Water
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt (Remember to add salt to your taste)

Instructions

Instant pot method:

  • Wash the watercress and soak it in water for about 15 minutes to get rid of mud, insects or little bugs.
  • Wash 1.5 pounds of pork bones with hot water. (Some people will boil them in water for a minute or two to get rid of some fat and blood.) Then, put them into the instant pot. 
  • After that, add a bunch of watercress into the instant pot pressure cooker. 
  • Next, put 2 pieces of Chinese honey dates into the pressure cooker. 
  • Pour 10 cups of water into the instant pot. Close the lid and vent. Push the manual button, adjust the time to 60 minutes at high pressure and natural release.
  • Lastly, use a strainer to remove fat and add ¼ teaspoon of salt. (Remember to add salt to your taste.)

Top stove method:

  • Wash the watercress and soak it in water for about 15 minutes to get rid of insects or little bugs.
  • Then, wash 1.5 pounds of pork bones with hot water. (Some people will boil them in water for a minute or two to get rid of some fat and blood.)
  • After that, add a bunch of watercress, 1.5 pounds of pork bones, 2 pieces of Chinese honey dates and 12 cups of water into a pot. Cover the lid, turn on medium high fire until it boils. Then, turn the fire to small. Let it simmer for 2 hours. 
  • Lastly, use a strainer to remove fat and add ¼ teaspoon of salt. (Remember to add salt to your taste.)

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Notes

Cooking tips for how to make watercress pork bone soup:

  • Wash the watercress and soak it in water for about 15 minutes to get rid of insects or little bugs, remember to wash them a few times (3 times).
  • I like to wash the pork bones with hot water. (Some people will boil them in water for a minute or two to get rid of some fat and blood.)
  • Use 10 cups of water for an instant pot pressure cooker or use 12 cups of water for the top stove method. 

Nutrition

Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 17mg