Swamp Soup菜乾湯
March 3, 2017 | Chinese | murky, swamp, soup
Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 60min | Cook Time: 90min

An old Chinese herbal soup. Do not fear the murky broth as a single sip can imbue a noticeable feeling of heightened health.


  • 2 dried honey dates
  • 8 dried red dates
  • 1 luó hàn guǒ (羅漢果) - halved
  • 3 ounces (½ package) dried bok choy (cole) - cut into 3-inch lengths
  • 1 or 2 pork hocks (optional)
  • 1 package tofu either soft or medium firmness (optional) - cubed
  • Salt


  1. Soak the honey dates, red dates, luó hàn guǒ, and bok choy in water for at least an hour.
  2. Throw everything except salt into a pressure cooker and fill with enough water to excessively cover the solid ingredients.
  3. Bring cooker up to pressure and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for at least 90 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and if you are patient, wait for the cooker to cool without bleeding the pressure. If you are not patient, bleed the pressure through the top vent. In both cases the lock will release once ready.
  5. Stir and add salt to taste.
  6. The tasty swamp is ready to eat.