Thursday, April 26, 2012

Night Blooming Cereus Soup (霸王花老火靓汤)

I just came back from Hong Kong last week. I basically buy nothing much. The thing that I bought are food related stuffs. The dried seafood, chinese herbs & etcs in Hong Kong is cheaper and better in quality. 

This week, I wanted to introduce you this soup. The soup that might sounds not familiar to you, but it is the soup that is refreshing and you may want to give it a try.

Night Blooming Cereus Soup (霸王花老火靓汤)

I spotted Night Blooming Cereus Soup Pack in Hong Kong. So, I've got myself 2 pack of it. Everything is in there, except pork ribs and dried cuttlefish that I need to add in. Reason? I'm lazy. So, since I saw a convi pack selling there, why not?

What is Night Blooming Cereus (霸王花)? It sounds not familiar to you, right? Infact, not many people know how to use this. According to the net, Night Blooming Cereus it is the common name referring to a large number of flowering Cereus that bloom at night. They belongs to the cactus family. The flowers are short lived. Some of the species only bloom once a year, for a single night. I read abit about this flower, and I realized that it has high nutrition and medication goodness in there.

Most of the ingredients in a pot of Chinese soup has its medicinal purpose which is really difficult to explain using English. Probably chinese writing would be easier to explain it's goodness? (Source: 



This is how the dried Night Blooming Cereus looks like. You can get it from general chinese medical hall or some of the dried sundries shop that sells general dried seafood and stuffs like that. I spotted this at one of the dried sundries shop in RedHill Wet Market over the weekend.

Removed the content from the convi pack. It has Night Blooming Cereus, Chinese Sweet Dates, mixed Chinese Almonds, and a mini Luo-Han-Kuo (Grosvenor Momordica Fruit). With my convi pack, all I need is to add is Dried Cuttlefish and Pork Ribs in there, and I will have a complete ingredients for my soup.

But please not to worry, all these ingredients can be easily bought from any chinese medical hall in Singapore & Malaysia. So, no problem at all if you wants to make this soup.

Ingredients (Serves 3 - 4 Pax) 
  • 75g Night Blooming Cereus (霸王花)
  • 30g Chinese Sweet Dates (蜜枣), about 3 pcs.
  • 15g Mixture of Chinese Almonds (南杏+北杏)
  • 1 small Luo Han Guo-Grosvenor Momordica Fruit (罗汉果).
  • 230g Pork Ribs (about S$3.00 from wet market butcher.)
  • 20g Dried Cuttlefish
  • 2L Water
  • salt to taste
The Luo Han Guo in the convi pack is really miserably mini sized. It weighted about 5g only. Sigh! You could get a bigger one. No problem on that. For the mixture of chinese almonds, you could go ahead and add more if you want.


1. Rinse pork ribs, scald in boiling water for awhile, remove and rinse.

2. Wash the rest of the ingredients

3. In a soup pot, put everything in (except salt). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer the soup over low heat for 3 hours. And if you have the time, make it 4 hours!

4. Salt to taste before serve

And this is what i called a pot of good soup with Umph! lou-foh-leng-tong 老火靓汤! My advise... Buy a slow cooker lah! This will ease alot of pain :)

This soup may looks dull in color due to the natural color from Luo Han Kuo. But it's really sweet and refreshing. Try it!


  1. Indeed very interesting.
    I dunno how to read the word, I will copy it and go buy me some, LOL

  2. Ehh?? U schooling time never take up Chinese class meh? Kenapa tak faham chinese leh? Hahahas... Nevermind. My chinese also sucks anyway.

  3. My neighborhood Chinese restaurant had a similar version of this as today's "house soup of the day." It didn't look as good as your picture does and it didn't have quite the same ingredients; but it tasted good.