Old Cucumber Soup

It’s been a while since I cooked soup and I’ve always been tempted to cook something besides the usual ABC soup so I decided on Old Cucumber (老黄瓜) since the ingredients needed are pretty generic and not hard to find.



  • One small to medium size Chinese old cucumber
  • 1.8 litres of water
  • 10 red dates (optional)
  • 6 dried scallops
  • 200g pork ribs or lean meat
  • 1 piece dried cuttlefish
  • 1 sweet corn, cut to small pieces (optional)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and cut
  • salt, to taste


  1. Scrub the skin of the old cucumber clean and cut it in half, length-wise. Scoop out the seeds using a spoon. Cut into smaller chunks.
  2. In a small pot, blanch the pork ribs in boiling water for a few minutes (so as to remove the scum bits). Drain the pork ribs and set aside.
  3. In a soup pot, add old cucumber chunks, blanched pork, water, red dates, dried scallops, dried cuttlefish, sweet corn and carrots. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer the soup over low heat for about 40 minutes. For best results, keep warm in thermal pot for four hours prior to serving.
  4. Season to taste with salt.

Recipe from Noobcook



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