Friday, March 19, 2010

Vegetarian Watercress Red Dates Longan Soup

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) grows well in water and are widely cultivated throughout Asia. Old water cress plant that have produced flowers are bitter, so it is wise to choose young plants for your cooking. Watercress is rich in iodine, iron, calcium, folic acid, Vitamin C and A. Apart from that watercress is known to prevent lung cancer, aid digestion and prevent thyroid problem.
I normally use watercress to cook soup. I have added some Chinese Red dates (ang cho) which is good in improving Chi. For some additional sweetness, I also put in some dried longan which is effective in warming up our body! Check out this clear watercress soup with longan and Chinese red dates (ang cho) recipe.

Watercress, 1 bunch
Water, 5 rice bowls
Dried Longan, 5 pcs
Chinese Red Dates, 5 pcs
Salt to taste
A little soya sauce
Olive Oil, 1 tablespoon

Bring water to a boil. Add in the longan and Red dates. Let it simmer for a while. Then put in the watercress, salt, soya sauce and olive oil. Boil until the watercress turn a little yellowish. Serve hot!


Baby said...

i love dried longan in soup

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks for dropping have a wonderful space here...soup looks warm and soothing...c u soon. said...

Thanks for dropping by visits and comments are very much appreciated.You havea nice collection of recipes here.

Sushma Mallya said...

simple & comforting soup...

Jagruti said...

This soup is new to me...looks very simple to make and healthy too!!