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Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

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Old Cucumber

Submitted by on April 10, 2009 – 1:44 pm2 Comments | 16,356 views

Ingredient Name:  Old Cucumber

Chinese Name:  老黄瓜 (lǎo huáng guā)

What is this?
  • A wildly cultivated plant in the gourd family
  • Cylindrical and elongated body with tapered ends
  • The yellow colouring comes from being an aged cucumber and is normally eaten in its relatively young green state (hence the name old cucumber)
  • It has a very thick and rough viney skin with a fleshy interior and a pocket of seeds and air

How do I prepare it?

  • In soups, old cucumbers are washed and cut into large chucks
  • Ensure to remove the interior seeds and do not remove the skin

Where can I buy this?

  • In most asian supermarkets, you will find this unique type of cucumber
  • In wet marts in Hong Kong, simply ask the produce vendor and they will point you to it
  • Be sure to buy large, firm and heavy in weight cucumbers

What is the cost?

  • Old cucumbers cost around $15-$20 HKD each

Any benefits?

  • Old cucumber is good for clearing heatiness and has a diuretic effect
  • Extremely high in dietary fibre, Calcium and Iron
  • It is also a good source of Vitamins A, B6 and C

Any precautions?

  • Old cucumbers are known to be a “cooling” food
  • Women who are pregnant or menstruating should take caution when consuming this

 Additional Information?

  • It is suggested to boil the cucumber with its skin on because the skin will help keep the flesh together and avoid disintegration


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  • Ling says:

    Hi there, is it really true that old cucumber soup is not suitable for pregnant mums? I just finished this soup for my daughter and come across your post.

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Ling, probably only in the first trimester as it’s “cooling”, but honestly, it’s mildly cooling, so should be OK. If you are worried, you can always pop in 2-3 slices of ginger to neutralize it. I wouldn’t worry too much though! Lisa

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