Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Refreshing Old Cucumber Soup (老黄瓜汤)

Old cucumber soup is one of our favourite soups. The soup is clear and very soothing.  Old cucumber is actually matured cucumber which has brownish skin. It is said that the older the cucumber is, the better it tastes! Old cucumber is not only cooling for hot weather but is also good for our complexion. and even helps to prevent aging! Now that's enough reason for us to have old cucumber soup as often as possible! 

Old cucumber is usually used for soup and there are variety of soups you can try depending on your preferences.  For a start, this is a very simple soothing soup with minimal ingredients and almost every Chinese knows how to cook it.  No doubt it is very simple, it is very refreshing and yummy too..... :)

Ingredients :
- half free range chicken (cut and blanched)
- 1 large old cucumber (skin thoroughly scrubbed and washed, de-seeded and cut into chunks)
- 1/2 (or less) stalk ta tau choy (salted mustard green) (soaked and cut)-do soak longer as it can be very salty
- enough water for the soup

Method :
1) Boil enough water in a big pot.  When water started boiling, put in all the ingredients.
2)  Boil at high heat for 10 minutes and lower the heat to medium low.
3)  Simmer for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours
4)  Add salt to taste and serve hot.

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