Lung Cleansing, Nutritious Watercress Soup – Good For Smokers, Halitosis (Bad Breath), Body Heatiness

Watercress Soup 001 (Small)Freshly cleaned Watercress


Good morning, dear friends :D

Hehe, I forgot to post my recipe for Lung Cleansing Watercress Soup that I had promised earlier in my Lung Cleansing Breathing Exercise post CLICK HERE TO READ, until I was reminded by my very good friend, Rose. :oops:

This easy-to-make and delicious soup is loaded with nutrition and was taught to me by a healer lady that I usually visit for my joint pains therapy. This elderly lady is a wealth of information on various herbs and soups for natural healing for our body, an art that she has inherited from her late grandmother. She strongly recommends this soup to smokers, those that inhale second-hand cigarette smoke and those living in polluted air environment as this soup is very effective in cleansing our lungs of toxins. She said never to underestimate the goodness of this simple vegetable and she told me to make this soup every 2 weeks for my husband, who is a heavy cigarette smoker.

Red Dates, Honey DatesRed & Honey Dates


Nutritious, Lung Cleansing Watercress Soup (for 6 persons)

Ingredients -

1 kg of watercress, use stems and leaves

500 gm of pork ribs, or lean pork, or skinless chicken breasts

1 cup of dried honey dates (mutt joe in Cantonese), omit this if you can’t find this in your area (or you can use 1 1/2 cups dried red dates pictured above instead)

4 litres of water

enough salt to taste

Method -

Put all ingredients in a pot or slow cooker, bring to a boil, remove any “scum” that is floating at the top, bring down the heat to low and simmer the soup for 4 hours (minimum). Season to taste.

** Note – for a vegan version – omit meat and salt and double the amount of dried honey dates


Watercress Sweet Soup 001 (Small)A pot of Sweet Watercress soup using just 1 kg watercress, 400 gm of dried honey dates, water


Watercress Sweet Soup 002 (Small)A cup of sweet watercress soup (vegan type)


This soup is very tasty and can be served with hot white rice, and your other dishes. Each of my family usually have a large bowl of this yummy soup, and I especially love eating the soft watercress.

** Note – it is important to use so much watercress and to simmer the soup for 4 hours so that the watercress’ strong “cooling” properties are removed, and the soup becomes very nutritious for our health, and it will have the potency to detoxify our lungs.

Otherwise, you can use a lesser amount of watercress, boil it in some chicken stock, add in your favourite meats (like shrimps, fish balls, sliced pork or chicken), season to taste, bring to a boil and the soup’s ready for you. In this method, this soup will be very “cooling” to your body but you can’t consume this too often. However, it will be very suitable when your body is heaty with symptoms of sore gums, sore throat, headaches, flu.

I heard that someone was sick in bed and drank this simpler version of watercress soup and she got well in a day! In other areas, watercress is good for anaemia as it has loads of iron (in this case, it is best to eat it fresh in a salad). :D

With best wishes for good health,

choesf :D

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  1. 1

    collectiveconscious said,

    Awesome post, i’m going to try the recipe as soon as I can, thanks :)

  2. 2

    brett said,

    hi. thanks for the recipe. Is the pork absolutely needed? Can there be a vegetarian variant?

  3. 3

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi and welcome, collectiveconsciousness and Brett, :D

    Brett, the key ingredient here is the watercress and a crucial factor is that the soup must be simmered for 4 hours (a slow cooker can be used)…. meat can be omitted from this recipe for a vegetarian style.

    When meat is omitted, be sure to use more honey dates. The extra from this sweet soup can be stored in refrigerator and drank cold – it tastes very delicious this way, too.

    The savoury soup (with meat) tastes best when hot or warm.

    Hope you like this soup. :wink:

    Much peace and joy,

    choesf :D

  4. 4

    rose said,

    Hi my friend! :)

    Belated thank you for the soup recipe! I only can do it in spring, or when I’ll find some watercress at the Metro type hipermarket. I’m sure I’ll love it. Dan and me, we both need to cleanse our lungs.

    Te pup,rose xx

  5. 5

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Te pups, dearest Rose! :D

    This soup is very delicious and I often have a big bowl of it with lots of watercress – can be a meal on its own for slimming, too, without the carbo! :lol: :roll:

    Take care and have a good rest!


    choesf :D

  6. 6

    yen1908 said,

    Good evening to you, choesf

    I had this savoury soup today (Dumpling Festival) at mum’s place! and it was very delicious and you made iit so simple to cook loh!:) You could add in wolf berries too!

    Thanks for sharing:)


  7. 7

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there, dear yen :D

    Yes, this soup is very delicious and yet, it can do a lot to cleanse and heal our lungs.

    Another simpler way is to just boil a big pot of watercress and honey dates in water for 4 hours, cool it down and store the drink in refrigerator to drink over 2 days. Tastes good when cold, too. :idea:

    Have a nice day!

    With love and hugs.

    choesf :D

  8. 8

    confused said,

    Not confused :p just a thank you for the recipe. I’m going to give it a try since I’m a 2 pack a day smoker….

  9. 9

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    You are most welcome, dear confused – the watercress soup is especially good for smokers as it will help to remove toxins from the lungs. :wink:

    Have a restful weekend!

  10. 10

    confused said,

    umm….on a positive note, easy to make :) The only thing I could stomach eating was the meat, the rest evoked the gag reflex. I think I put way too much red dates for my taste. Will try again with about 3 red dates haha.

  11. 11

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Heheh, in that case, you may have to pinch your nose and drink this soup fast…consider it as a terrible tasting tonic for your lungs. :lol: My daughter’s boyfriend also doesn’t like this soup but he will obediently gulp it down when I stand next to him and make sure he finishes his bowl of watercress soup! :lol: :roll:

  12. 12

    roz said,

    I would like to Thank You for the recipe.

    Now I see “watercress” in a different way. I have this growing in my back yard through the year.
    Yes and I do eat it along with the rest of my family, now I know whats good for them : )

  13. 13

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear Roz :D

    Wow, you are so lucky to have watercress growing in your backyard. I have never seen watercress growing before. I’m glad you know more benefits of the watercress. :wink:

    With peace and joy,

    choesf :D

  14. 14

    roz said,


    I live in the tropic’s where our weather is always warming and watercress grows in the rivers and creeks in our islands. : )

    The bonus with this is that is grows wild and to collect it one has to wade in the water, underneathe the water cresses one could catch fresh water prawns…. : )

    So I believe water cress soup and BBQ Prawns is the way to go for me : )

    Stay safe

  15. 15

    houseofmuses said,

    For a vegetarian variant, use vegetable bouillon and those nice big square toasted bread crumbs like you’d put on a salad.

  16. 16

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Way to go, dear Roz! Catching prawns and harvesting your watercress at the same time – how wonderful! :D Are there any leeches or snakes in the water? “Cos I’m terrified of leeches and worms and the watercress that I buy from the markets here in Malaysia can have many worms …and I jump each time I find some! :roll: :oops:

    Thinking about your BBQ Prawns have got me drooling! I’m going to get some dinner now. :D

    Have a wonderful week ahead!

    With peace and harmony,

    choesf :D

  17. 17

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear houseofmuses :D

    Thank you for your suggestion of a vegetarian version of this soup. My family is used to the savoury, with meat, version of watercress soup but some people also boil the watercress with just some red dates or honey dates…sort of like a sweet, vegetarian variant. :wink:

    Have a blessed week!

    With peace and harmony,

    choesf :D

  18. 18

    wondering said,

    How does it cleanse your lungs exactly? Do you have to eat the solids of the soup or is the broth ok? thanks.

  19. 19

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear wondering :D

    Watercress contains properties that help to clear toxins and cleanse the lungs, probably at the alveoli of the lungs. We are bound to have some build-up of toxins in our lungs from pollutants, cigarette smoke, etc.

    Just drinking the broth will do if you don’t like the solids. For me, I love the watercress and I usually have a large bowl of the soup and watercress. :wink:

    Have a great week ahead!

    choesf :D

  20. 20

    Feathertail said,

    What a wonderful site! I feel relaxed just knowing there are people out there just like you. I hope to return often to hear more about health and wisdom.

  21. 21

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear Feathertail :D

    Thank you for your lovely comments. Do drop by when you are free and we’ll have a cup of virtual coffee or tea together. :wink:

    With best wishes,

    choesf :D

  22. 22

    Jamie Raas said,

    if you can’t find watercress can you substitute it with something else?

  23. 23

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear Jamie :D

    If you mean whether there are any substitute for the watercress for lung cleansing purposes, I’m afraid I don’t know of any plant or vegetable. But if you do a search for lung cleansing in the Internet, there are other products available. :oops:

    Do have a lovely weekend ahead!

    With peace and harmony,

    choesf :D

  24. 24

    womanocry said,

    This is amazing. I live in west africa, it grows here everywhere.
    my question is how often can i drink it? Is everyday too much?

    • 25

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear womanocry :D

      Wow, you are lucky to find watercress in abundance where you live. Watercress is considered a “cooling” plant in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the purpose of boiling or simmering this soup for 4 hours is to reduce somewhat the “coolness” part of it and make it more “balancing” in nature for our body.

      If you have made a large pot of the watercress soup (without meat, and just with honey dates), then you can keep the balance of the soup in the fridge and drink it for a few days. But not everyday continuously over a long period of time. Perhaps, you can make this soup like once or twice a week?

      For my family, I make different soups for different health purposes in a month and so, we have this watercress soup like once a month only.

      Do have a lovely week ahead!

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  25. 26

    Jocelyn said,

    Hello There,
    I just stumbled upon this website and was amazed to find this
    important information of cleansing the lungs. You see I had fluid in my lungs a
    few years ago and was hospitialized for eight days and but for the grace and mercy and love of God I would not be here today. All praise and honor to him for everyithing he has been to me. My comment is ever since I have had this experience(I forgot to tell you that they had to drain my lungs of the fluid), it is hard for me to take a full deep breath like I did before this incident. I asked my doctor what is the reason for this and he said it is just scarred tissue and it will go away. It has now been 4 yrs and I still have this problem. Will the watercrest soup help this problem or do you know of any remedy that will help heal scarred tissue without surgery. Not to mention I do not have health insurance. May God have mercy upon the poor and less fortunate. Please tell me what can I use to help heal this problem. I thank you very much. Could you please send the response to my e-mail address, so I can revisit it as often as I can? Thanks for helping other people such as myself. God bless!. Also, please serve Jesus Christ,
    because he is coming very soon!


    • 27

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Joceangel :D

      I’m not sure if this soup will help to heal your lungs’ scarred tissue, but I will ask my healer friend about your problem and see if there is anything for it.

      God Bless You!

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  26. 30

    rei said,


    I stumbled across your website while surfing for achar, and decided to browse through your blog. It is impressive and is now in of my ‘favourites’ folder.

    I have a question regarding the water cress. I like it crunchy, and would put the veggies in shortly before I am ready to enjoy my soup.

    Would it hurt the purpose of the lung cleansing if I do not cook the water cress for a long time? You mentioned the long hours in the slower cooker remove the ‘cooling’ properties.

    I remember enjoying this dish many, many years ago at a restaurant when I was a little girl back in Singapore. I remember because I saw red dates (unusual) in the bowl, and immensely enjoying the soft water cress (my mother has always served it mildly crunchy in soups) and how pleasant it was to slurp it from my soup spoon.

    Also, I sincerely appreciate your post for Earth Hour and your wonderful plans for this very special occasion. It is time we, as a race, gather together and work towards saving our Earth Mother, and leaving smaller foot steps behind us. I also like to commend you for using vinegar and water solution for house-cleaning purposes.

    Keep up the great work, and continue to share wonderful earth-friendly ideas with your readers. Every little bit helps …


    • 31

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Rei :D

      Thank you for your lovely comments. I am not sure if cooking the watercress in a shorter time instead of simmering it for 4 hours as prescribed by my healer friend would do the trick. But I have a suggestion….since you like to eat crunchy watercress, why don’t you keep some fresh watercress aside first while you make a pot of the 4-hour watercress soup (you can use a slow cooker/crockpot). At the end of the cooking time, remove the soft watercress and put the fresh watercress in. This way, you get will be satisfied with the texture of your watercress and yet get the benefits of the nourishing watercress soup. Fresh watercress is very cooling.

      I learned something new from my healer friend last week – she said the simmered watercress soup is very good in getting rid of BAD BREATH as in most cases, the bad breath is a result of heatiness in the lungs and the watercress soup can counter this problem. She has a client who complained to her of her husband’s terrible breath. After just 2 times of drinking this soup, his bad breath was completely gone. :wink:

      The simmered watercress soup can be had even every week as she said is is very “yun” or soothing to our body system as it is cooked for 4 hours. These days, there are many people down with persistent coughs and this soup is a good remedy for dry and phlegmy coughs, too.

      Thank you also for your kind comments on my Earth Hour post. No doubt Earth Hour was just a simple acknowledgement of global warming and some people complained that it too commercialised or just a gimmick….it has created more awareness among people in Malaysia and I see more environmental friendly topics or community projects mentioned in newspapers these days! Good! :D

      I have just prepared my very first natural and environmental friendly “Fruit Enzyme Multipurpose Cleaner” and I will be posting this here shortly.

      Do have a lovely weekend!

      With peace and harmony,

      choesf :D

  27. 32

    HellaD said,

    sounds delicious, this is brilliant for today’s world where we can’t always avoid pollutants.
    I’m gonna be feeding this to my partner who has been a smoker for 20 years and really needs his lungs cleaned out.

    • 33

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear HellaD :D

      Yes, this is a really delicious soup…whether it is cooked savoury or sweet. I always have a large bowl of it with lots of watercress. This is very good for cleansing our lungs of toxins, and a safe, natural and delicious remedy as well.

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  28. 34

    T said,


    I would like to add watercress to my diet but I’m not sure where to find it in KL. I have lived here for a few years but never looked for watercress. Any suggestions?

    Also, is it possible to find a salad spinner in Malaysia??? I haven’t had one since I was in my country (the US) six years ago and sometimes I really miss it.

    I think it would come in handy when I start eating more leafy greens.

    thank you,


    • 35

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear T :D

      The watercress plants found in Malaysia have the main stems included and are longer, about 1 foot in length…this is unlike the types of watercress sold in the US which is only the 6-inch tips of the plants (I was living in the US 20 years ago)…so you will know how to look for them here. They are sold in all supermarkets and wet markets at the green vegetable section. :wink:

      Yes, I know those salad spinners that you were referring to, but I don’t think I have seen any here in Malaysia thus far (maybe I wasn’t looking for them)…but if I see one, I will email you.

      Do have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 36

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hi there, dear T :D

        Good news! I found the salad spinner for sale at Ikea Home Furnishings, Mutiara Damansara, at the kitchen section on the lower floor. :wink:

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

  29. 37

    Lady said,


    I need help measuring the watercrest, my pack are 4 oz each, how many packs should I use.

    Thank you

    • 38

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Lady :D

      1 Kilo = 35.2 oz

      If you are cooking for 1 person, then 4 oz to a person is just about right…as my recipe here is for my family of 6. By the end of the cooking time, each person gets about 3 cups (750 ml) of the soup (whether it’s made to be savoury or sweet) and we drink it over 2 days. Remember to refrigerate the leftovers. :wink:

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  30. 39

    Larry said,

    Hi…can you please give the US equivalents of the measurements (not sure what KG and gm stand for). Also, am I supposed to put the dates in whole, or am I supposed to cut them into pieces first? (you can tell I’m not a cook, but I’m willing to try). Thanks – really looking forward to trying this recipe.

    • 40

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Larry :D

      Actually, the measurements for the soup ingredients need not be exact, so you can use a “guesstimate” also.

      Here are the converted measurements –

      2 lbs of watercress (stems and leaves)

      1 lbs of pork ribs, or any lean meat (or omit the meat for a vegetarian version)

      1 to 1 1/2 cups dried honey dates or dried red dates (can leave whole or crushed lightly with the flat side of a chopper)

      12 to 15 cups of water (here I used 1 cup = 250 ml or millilitres)

      “kg” means kilogramme. :wink:

      Hope you like this soup.

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  31. 41

    Larry said,

    Hi, again. I tried this soup this past week with good results. Question though,
    if I just wanted to make a “tonic” by using just the watercrest (stems and leaves), would I still get the same benefit (that is to say, without using the dates and meat)? I would like to just make a “lung-healthy” drink, by preparing it the same way, after which I would strain the soup of the stems and leaves for a “lung-healthy” tonic that I could drink for 2-3 days. Note: of course I could then add the stems/leaves to a pot of vegetable soup for added benefit. How does this sound?

    • 42

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Larry :D

      I’m glad you got to taste this soup. If you want to make a tonic, you can omit the meat and make a sweet version with the dates (no sugar is added as the honey dates are quite sweet) you mentioned, this can be strained and stored in the refrigerator to be drank over 2 to 3 days. The watercress and dates can be discarded. It must still be simmered for 4 hours. Otherwise, the watercress will be considered as too cooling to be taken often for lung cleansing.

      However, I’m not sure if omission of the honey dates will reduce the efficacy of this soup as they have been traditionally used together. Honey dates have a balancing and soothing quality to one’s yin and yang in the body.

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  32. 43

    x said,

    hey there, i really admire your efforts here to help people enjoy a healthier and safer life .. i just have one question, which i hope you will be able to respond to.. is watercress available in Pakistan, Karachi to be specific .. Also, ive seen red dates around here, but i dont recall coming across honey dates.. plz reply asap, cant wait to taste this brilliant recipe your healer friend has suggested :)

    • 44

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear X :D

      I’m afraid I don’t know if watercress can be found in Pakistan. Perhaps, my visitors may be able to help. :oops:

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

    • 45

      Salman said,

      Watercress may be found in some of the large supermarkets like Agha’s in Clifton or Metro in Gulshan area. But due to the nice weather you can probably grow it in your backyard. Buy some seeds online and there you go.

      • 46

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hi there and welcome, dear Salman :D

        Thank you for your tips on where to buy watercress seeds. Do have a wonderful weekend! :D

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

  33. 47

    smokertryingtoquit said,

    Thanks, for recipe. Sorry, but I don’t have a website but I do have a Q for ya!!! Would it be OK to add vegies and stew like products/ are there other versions of this soup??? Thanks for any serious replies. Will/ want to try this soup as soon as possible. Trying to quit smoking so i’m looking for foods/ soups whatever to help my body. Thanks, all the lung power to ya!!!

    • 48

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear smokertryingtoquit :D

      I’m glad you are trying to quit smoking. My husband has been smoking for 30 years and he tried stopping many times, without success. So, I make this soup at least once every 2 weeks for my family to drink and I make sure he drinks more. :lol:

      Thus far, this soup is made traditionally like this, but if you like, you can add in carrots, I guess. You will have to try it and see how the taste turns out. :wink:

      Good Luck with your quitting!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  34. 49

    Honey said,

    Dear All,

    I hope u all would be fine and shine. I need WaterCress Seed Oil. Can any 1 help me to fine this in pakistan, I need it urgently. Please please help me as soon as possible.

    Thanks & Regards,

    • 50

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Honey :D

      Thank you for your well wishes. :D

      I have not heard of Water Cress Seed Oil here in Malaysia, but I’m sure if anyone comes across it, they will comment here to help you.

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

      • 51

        Honey said,

        Thank happy. Few days ago I read a topic on msn for hair loss. There was a tip that “use pure watercress seed oil”. But i could not find it. So tried on google and got ur site, there was not contact information about the person who posted that topic on site. Therefor I thought to consult with you. So I m waiting for some one to help me.


      • 52

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        You are most welcome, dear Honey :D

        Ah, I understand now how you got directed to this post. We’ll see if someone else here can help you. Good Luck! :wink:

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

  35. 53

    Vicky said,

    this is very wonderful recipe.

    I heard that having green tea in empty stomach will be the better one for lungs clean .

    I am not sure of it.

    If is it so

    can u please confirm???

    • 54

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Vicky :D

      Thank you for your tip on drinking green tea for lungs cleansing. I have not heard of that before but for some people, including myself, there is some nausea and minor stomach upset when Chinese green tea is drank on an empty stomach.

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  36. 55

    Ivory said,

    thanks so much for the recipe ….

    i making it for my goiter, it really help….watercress have iodine in it..yeah for me

    • 56

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Ivory :D

      Thank you for your tip – I didn’t know watercress has iodine. I just made a pot of watercress soup 2 days ago as 2 of my family members were coughing.

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  37. 57

    angels wings said,


    • 58

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Angels Wings :D

      I’m sorry to hear of your lung problems – this soup will be good to detox your lungs. You can make the sweet version without the meat, too. :idea:

      Do have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  38. 59

    Jaffer said,

    i am very interested to use these hebal for cleaning my lungs, but cannot prepare it, please advice me to get the ingredients ready to buy it from any source
    many thanks

    • 60

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Jaffer :D

      May I know which country you are from? Perhaps some visitor here may be able to tell you where to buy the ingredients.

      Here in Malaysia, fresh watercress plants can be found in farmers’ markets and supermarkets. The red dates and honey dates can be found in places that sells dried Chinese herbs and goods. I guess if you can’t really find dried Chinese red dates, you can use the Middle Eastern honey dates (the dried ones, also) as an alternative and omit the red dates. :idea:

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  39. 61

    lida danalian said,

    pleas tell me what kind of juice is good for lung and copd
    also what kinf of food is good for lung and copd
    what kind herbal is good for lung and copd
    and soup for copd
    thanks lot lida

    • 62

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Lida Danalian :D

      This watercress soup is very good for the lungs and to clear coughs. If a person is having a cough, it is best to avoid fresh fruits and cold drinks until the cough is over. The link below has some good information for coughs :-

      Chinese Dietary Advice & Recipes For Coughs

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  40. 63

    Jey said,

    Dear Choesf,

    Thank you so much for giving us so much information on chinese herbal medicines and I think this is one of the bests website I have come across with the regards to chinese medicines.

    My son suffers from severe dry cough as he has heaty body. You said the watercress soup is very cooling. My question is, by boiling it, won’t it takeaway its coolness. I was thinking to make this soup for my son. Not sure whether it would be cooling or heaty due to honey date. Will the soup be suitable for my son and can he drinks 2 days once. What about taking fresh watercress everyday.

    I need to find something which is really cooling.


    Please advice. My 7 yrs old boy is really suffering due to heaty body and almost everyday he suffers from dry cough and time very severe, needed to take steroid. I tried to give him lots of yogurt to keep his body cool.

    • 64

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there, dear Jey :D

      Yes, this soup would be good for your son’s cough as well as to cool him down. The boiling and the honey dates won’t take away its coolness. You can make the sweet version for him to drink over 2 days as this will keep better than the one with meat. :wink:

      I am not sure about the results of taking fresh watercress everyday :oops: but this soup as a Chinese cough remedy and lung cleansing formula has been passed down from many generations. :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  41. 65

    Robert said,

    I boiled the soup with the red dates and it really works. It appears that you flush the toxins through the urine. When I drink this soup I have to stay near home or else I would be constantly stopping to use the men’s room.

    It also works very quickly. My question is whether I can make a spicy version with onions, garlic, carrot….etc. I also love hot pepper in my soups if I make a spicy version will it fight against the healing properties for lung cleansing?


    • 66

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear Robert :D

      Thank you for sharing your experience of consuming this soup. I’m glad you are seeing its results very fast. Good! :D

      I am not sure how the healing properties of this soup will be affected by adding in other ingredients :oops: as this recipe for lung cleansing has been kept in its original or traditional “format”.

      This soup is considered a little “cooling” or “yin” in nature. Spiciness or hot pepper is “heaty” or “yang” in nature and may change the quality of the watercress soup.

      If you love hot pepper soups…you may just like “Kimchi Soup”. Last weekend, my family had dinner at a Korean restaurant and I had Kimchi Soup – it was really delicious and spicy. Kimchi has many health benefits, too. Check out my post here for a Kimchi recipe and its health benefits :-

      Yummy, Healthy Korean Kimchi Recipe

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  42. 67

    Wiriad said,

    Hello there,
    Please inform me, with the above recipe, how much soup will be after strained?

    If calculated from one of your answer(no.36):
    3 cups x 6 persons x 2 days x 1 cup/day/person = 36 cups.

    Is it that much?


    • 68

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear Wiriad :D

      I’m sorry for any confusion caused with Comments # 36. :oops:

      Each of my family member of 6 gets 1 cup (250 ml) of soup per day over 2 days.(1 X 6 X 2 days) So, the total amount of soup to be drank over 2 days is 3 litres.

      Actually, there is no hard and fast rule about the amount of water used…to me, I like my soup to be really concentrated and nicer to drink. Also, the medical effect of that soup will be even better. My healer friend uses 1 1/2 times the amount of watercress I have specified here. :lol:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  43. 69

    Robert said,

    I have been making this soup with good results. Everyone whom I have passed this recipe on to have also had good results.

    Also, I have been simmering soup in a slow cooker for min. 4 hours -crushing red dates into broth when soft.
    When I eat I will transfer (serving or two) to a smaller pot and spice it up with onion, garlic,black pepper and some hot pepper for taste.
    I have made it vegan style and chicken style. I even simmered last time for 4 hours with store bought organic chicken broth.

    I will consume both soup broth and eat watercress over 2-3 day period.

    I hope I am not destroying the medicinal or healing value of soup by spicing it up!
    What does your healer lady friend say about spicing up the recipe or should I stick to the “traditional” recipe?

    Last of all, you mentioned about “lung breathing excercise” that you had in combination with soup. Could you share this with us?

  44. 71

    Wan said,

    Hi there,

    Can you tell me where exactly I can buy the watercress from in KL/PJ area. Specifically which farmer’s market or supermarket. Would love to try the watercress soup.
    Thanks and have a nice day.

    • 72

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear Wan :D

      The watercress can be found at most pasar malams (farmers’ markets) everywhere, usually at the Chinese vegetable stalls. In the Cantonese dialect, it is called “Sai Yeong Choy”. I haven’t really noticed if the supermarkets have them. :oops:

      I like to buy the watercress from pasar malams because the plants are freshly harvested and have more leaves (younger plants). The ones sold at wet markets are usually of the older variety whereby the stems are more fibrous with roots and I usually discard those parts. The ones from pasar malam, I can use the whole plants as they are very nice to eat after making the soup. :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  45. 73

    Merry said,


    I want to say thanks for your amazing watercress soup recipe..
    . I drink this soup and i feel my body feel lighter and energized.. Before i encounter this recipe, i easily feel exhausted.. But after drink this soup almost every days,i feel my lung feel clear and can inhale better.
    Any side effect if i am drinking this soup every days or every 2 days?
    Thanks so much …

    • 74

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Merry :D

      Thank you for sharing your good feedback on drinking this soup. :wink:

      If it is boiled for 4 hours, then the soup is not too yin or cooling on our body…it can be drank often like everyday. However, I have not heard from anybody who is taking in on a long basis. If you are taking it on a daily basis, boil the watercress with just the honey dates, no meat, and keep the soup cold in the refrigerator. Once you feel your body has been restored in health and energy, then perhaps you can drink this soup like once a week or once in 2 weeks for health maintenance.

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  46. 75

    Kathy Kitty said,

    I have made the enzyme cleanser & want to use it to get rid of mold inside my HE Front Loading Washer. I don’t know how much to use & do I put it in the liquid soap dispenser or use more directly on the rubber ring inside?
    I haven’t seen any mention of it on your blog.
    Thank you! I hope to hear from you soon!!

    • 76

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Kathy :D

      For general cleaning of the whole washing machine interior and the pipes, you can use 1 to 2 cups of full strength enzyme and run a normal laundry wash cycle (without clothes) on a warm water setting. The enzyme works best when the temperature is around that of humans. :idea:

      For the rubber ring inside, it is harder to get rid of the gunge stuck all the way inside the folds… usually, I would use an old terry cotton towel, dip into some enzyme and water (half-half portions) and rub gently inside the rings. Be careful….if your inner rubber ring is old, it may tear open at the folds. Do this step after the enzyme wash for the washing machine above. Then the washing machine run on just the rinse cycle only to remove any gunge that has been loosened in the rubber ring. :idea:

      Hope that helped … :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  47. 77

    Jeanne Fujii said,

    Is the honey dates absolutely necessary? Thank you.

    • 78

      Hi there, dear Jeanne :D

      It is best if we use dried honey dates in this soup as they are soothing to the body in terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. However, if you can’t get honey dates where you live, you can leave the honey dates out and where possible, substitute with other types of dates. For people who have digestive problems or suffer from bloatedness, it is best to avoid using dried red dates. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  48. 79

    Elaine Lim said,

    Hi Choesf,

    I am new to your blog and find it so interesting to follow. So informative & not long winded. How do I follow your upcoming articles/ updates? Do you have FB? I have left corporate world and now full time @ home (soon-to-be-wife). Upon my last medical report, me & my fiancé were shocked that we have very high cholesterol. Mine was borderline high, his was close to stroke. I also have a rather high sugar level and anemia, while he has triple folds reading of my normal uric acid.
    Of late, I have started to make home cooked meals and home made bread, milling own bread flour, fruit enzymes, composting and hope one day I can grow my food :)

    • 80

      Hi there, dear Elaine :D

      Congratulations on becoming a wife soon and welcome to being a stay-at-home wife! :D

      I’m very sorry to hear about your fiance’s and your health situations…don’t worry, both of you can regain your healthy readings once you watch your diet, consume more homecooked foods and take health drinks. As you can see from my last post, I have just been introduced to a new world of making herbal tinctures for health. So, I hope that by sharing my journey in that field here, readers from this part of the world will also benefit in achieving good health the natural way! :wink:

      Nowadays in Malaysia, people who are diagnosed as having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high urea acid and high blood sugar are getting younger and younger in age. It is due to our modern day diet of busy working people who don’t have much time to cook at home. :sad:

      Later, I will share here the address of a wonderful Chinese Sinseh in Kuala Lumpur who is really good and people come from far away to see him. :idea:

      Heheh, my FB account in not very active :oops: … but you can subscribe to my blog and you will be notified via email every time I have a new post. Just scroll down the page and you will see on the right side “Subscribe now to my HH88 blog via email !

      Do have a wonderful long weekend with your fiance!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  49. 81

    xiaohu said,

    Hi choesf,
    Good afternoon. Wa, this thread is soooooooo long, I have to page down and down before I reach the “leave a reply” space. This reminded me to make “watercress 罗汉果” soup this weekend (Lo Hon Guo in Cantonese).

    Thanks for another great recipe!

    • 82

      Good afternoon, dear Xiaohu :D

      Heheh, this is an old post and therefore, many comments have been left there already. :oops: :lol:

      Shortcut for you when you want to leave a comment next time – press the “End” button on your keyboard and you will be at the end of the page in express time! :lol:

      Watercress is called “Sai Yeong Choy” in Cantonese, yes? “Luo Hon Guo” is Buddha Fruit, yes? :oops:

      Btw, Christine replied you already where you asked if your children can take the alcohol-based tincture or not? :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  50. 83

    xiaohu said,

    Hi choesf,
    Yes, those are what they are in Cantonese. Pretty popular in HK as it’s believed to lessen or alleviate cough.

    Oh, thanks, let me go look it up on what Christine said.

    Wish you and your family a great weekend,

  51. 84

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  52. 86

    uwa said,

    Tnx buh hw do I get this watersucress leaf ??. Don’t think ve seen it everi

  53. 89

    Danny pham said,

    THIS was great soup i ever see it before.I am smoker 27 years ago.I want to quite smoking so many different way and products on the market but it wont work for me until i read this from stranger name is Choesf…i decided to make the soup by myself .after 4 hours followed direction and taste the soup .that was exellent and right now im not thinking about smoking again ..i dont feel like want to smoke again.. It work and i feel great – Thank you stranger Choesf.. HELP ALOT..RECOMMENT TO ALL PEOPLE WHO IS SMOKING YOU CAN QUITE RIGHT NOW AS I AM …

    • 90

      Hi there, dear Danny pham :D

      Thank you for your kind comments. I am glad that this soup helps you to quit smoking. My husband had tried about 6 times to stop smoking – it didn’t occur to me to give him this soup then. Thanks to your feedback, I will now make this soup for my husband when he tries to stop smoking again. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  54. 91

    pmcdaniel67 said,


    Do you have a website for other soup and herbal recipes. I just found this site and I’m going to go and get the soup recipe on dates and watercress. I have chronic respiratory problems and asthma. I feel so sick with no energy and the doctors don’t care cause I have no health insurance. If you have any can you post the website address.

  55. 92

    pmcdaniel67 said,

    hi, do you have any other herbal soup recipes for lung and overall health. I never smoked but i have asthma and chronic respirator problems.

    • 93

      Hi there, dear pmcdaniel67 :D

      I’m sorry to hear that you have asthma and chronic respiratory problems :sad: . I’m sorry, I don’t have other soup recipes for you :oops: … but perhaps, you can try out this amazing but inexpensive tea to strengthen your health and immunity :idea:

      Jiaogulan Tea

      You may be able to buy that online or from your local Chinatown. :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

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