1 medium size old cucumber (老黄瓜)
500 g pork ribs
10-15 dried red dates - rinse with water
4 dried scallops - soaked & rinse with water
some dried octopus - rinse and cut into small pieces
1.5 litres of water
salt to taste
Blanch your meat - if you are using pork ribs, blanching is necessary for a clear soup.
Keep the cucumber skin on, wash and scrub the skin. Seeded and slice it into 1 inch chunks.
Bring the 2 litre water to boil. Add in the pork ribs, old cucumber chunks, dried octopus, dried scallops & red dates. Boil furiously for 10 minutes or so. Then simmer the soup in lower heat, cover the pot and let it simmer nicely for 2 hours. Get rid of the excess oil (which floats to the top) using a fine steel sieve.
Season with salt before serving.
Note: Dried octopus and scallops are added for the added flavour of this soup☻