Old Cucumber Soup is touted for its health benefits like it's cooling properties to lower body 'heatiness' and anti-ageing benefits as well! Learn how to make this soup for yourself!
Blanche the pork and chicken bones in boiling water for about 3 minutes. Discard the water. Wash the bones and remove all the visible blood clots.
Blanch the cuttlefish in boiling water for 1 minute to soften it. Then remove the centre soft bone, mouth and eye of the cuttlefish, and cut into 1-inch lengths.
Wash the old cucumber. Then cut the old cucumber into half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds with a metal spoon.
Cut the old cucumber into 2-inch cross-sections.
Remove the seeds from the red dates and rinse. Rinse the wolf berries and drain dry. Wash the peanuts and set aside.
Add the 2.5 litres of water into a pot and bring to a boil over high fire.
Add in the pork bones, chicken bones, cuttlefish, old cucumber, and peanuts.
When it is boiling, turn the heat to medium and continue to simmer for 2 hours.
Add in the wolf berries and red dates, and simmer for another 15 minutes.
Add salt (a pinch, or to taste). Try the soup first before adding salt, because the soup may already be tasty enough.
Dish out the Old Cucumber Soup into individual bowls, and it is ready to be served!