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I miss my mom’s old cucumber soup, but I search and search old cucumber all these years in every Chinese grocery stores with no luck…. until 2 weeks ago I accidentally saw a vendor selling old cucumbers at a farmer’s market. I grabbed one immediately, and here comes my old cucumber soup.

Old cucumber cut into big chunks

Old cucumber cut into big chunks

Old Cucumber Soup 老黄瓜汤

Old Cucumber Soup 老黄瓜汤

Old Cucumber Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
1 old cucumber– remove seeds and cut into big chunks, leave skin intact
1 lb spare ribs– cut into big chunks
3 dried medium oyster
4 dried scallop
4 dried red dates
2 gallon water
salt to taste

Method:

  1. Blanch spare ribs in boiling water and rinse to remove any scum and impurities.
  2. Bring 2 gallons of water to boil. Add blanched meat and the rest of ingredients (except salt). Cover, boil on high heat for 10 minutes, then lower to medium low heat and continue cooking for 2.5 hours.
  3. Add salt to taste before serving.
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