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Watercress Soup with Luo Han Guo

Watercress Soup with Luo Han Guo Recipe

Putting the luo han guo in a disposable soup poach.

Watercress Soup with Luo Han Guo Recipe

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 50 mins


  • 250g pork ribs
  • 1 luo han guo fruit (aka Siraitia grosvenorii, 罗汉果, 羅漢果, monk's fruit)
  • 200g watercress (西洋菜) ends trimmed, then roughly cut
  • 10 pitted red dates
  • 1 tbsp wolfberries soaked in a small bowl of water until puffy; drained
  • 1300 ml water
  • salt to taste


  1. Blanch pork ribs in boiling water for about 5 minutes, to remove the scum so that you have clear (particle-free) soup later.
  2. Using the back of your knife, gently crack open the luo han guo fruit. Place the smashed fruit inside a disposable soup bag.
  3. In a large soup pot, add blanched pork ribs, watercress, red dates, soup poach and water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer (with lid partially closed) for about 40 minutes.
  4. Five minutes before you turn off the stove, add the soaked wolfberries. Season with salt. Discard the soup poach. For best results, keep warm in a thermal pot for a few hours until ready to serve.

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46 Responses to “Watercress Soup with Luo Han Guo”

  1. Lovetocook — September 27, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    I used to cook this soup without the fruit. Now I’ve learn something new & good. tks.
    I always used the watercress with the very long roots. Understand it’s better than those with short ones.

    Also, I always make barley drink with luohan & add some panda leaves to enhance the fragrance. My kids simply love it….


  2. Joshua Colclough — January 30, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    I heard of this sugar before and I see it in extract and powders but where can i order the actual fruit? Do you know any websites? Please, please let me know!!!

    Thank you so kindly,

    Joshua Colclough


    • wiffy replied: — January 30th, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

      Hi, check out the Chinatown in your area to see if anyone sells it.


  3. Zaynnnn — October 16, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    Are there any substitutes for pork ribs? as some of my family members are vegetarian


    • wiffy replied: — October 19th, 2013 @ 2:24 am

      I only cooked the chicken and pork ribs version before. If you are cooking vegetarian, you can use some base vegetarian stock, or perhaps some corn and more carrots to sweeten the soup.


  4. Jonathan — June 22, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

    How do I use luo han guo without a soup bag?


    • wiffy replied: — June 23rd, 2014 @ 11:09 am

      yes you can. Just place the smashed fruit in the pot. After cooking, you can filter the soup through a sieve.



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