Simple Vietnamese Watercress and Pork Soup

This Vietnamese pork and watercress soup is a very healthy and easy dish. Traditionally, it is eaten with rice but on its own makes a nutritious low-carb meal. If you’re in need of a meal in under 10 minutes and are watching your weight, then this is for you.

Today’s recipe is so simple that I am slightly embarrassed to put it up on the blog. Honestly, you could probably guess how to make this from the title alone. But in saying that, this is easily one of my favourites. Especially, if I am in need of a low carb meal that is loaded with veg and quick to make.

Why Watercress?

I have said this before on the blog, but I really believe watercress is the best forgotten vegetable. It packed full of flavour and has a wonderful crispy texture. If you are not sold on that, then here are some general health benefits:

  • Very low in calories
  • High in antioxidants
  • High in minerals and vitamins

If you are interested in other watercress recipes then this Vietnamese beef and watercress salad is an absolute gem that you have to try out.

My Tips for Success

  1. Generally, I have found that watercress is much cheaper to get from Asian groceries. If you have the time, it is worth the trip.
  2. Watercress does not store very well. Try to use as soon as possible after purchase.
  3. To store watercress, put it in an untied bag in the vegetable section of your fridge. The vegetable must be able to breath to prevent wilting.
  4. A good variation of this recipe is to substitute the watercress with one or two zucchinis chopped into slices.
  5. If you don’t have pork mince, then a good substitution is chicken or turkey mince.

Recipe Costing

This table shows how much this recipe will cost if you had to go out and buy everything on the ingredients list (“Shop Price”), as well as the value of ingredients actually used in the recipe (“Recipe Cost”).

We haven’t included optional ingredients or small quantities of salt, pepper or sugar as the cost would be negligible. All prices are in Australian dollars and are based off what was published on Coles Online or Woolworths Online as at time of writing.

IngredientQuantity BoughtShop
Watercress1 bunch$3.001 bunch$3.00
Pork Mince500 gm$5.50100 gm$1.10
Fish Sauce300 ml bottle$2.002 tsp$0.07
Total$11.02 $4.30

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Simple Vietnamese Watercress and Pork Soup

Vietnamese Watercress Soup

Course Dinner, Light Meal, Lunch, Rice Dish
Cuisine Vietnamese
Keyword watercress
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Scruff


  • 600 ml boiling water
  • 100 gm pork mince
  • 1/4 brown onion, roughly sliced
  • pinch salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch watercress (roughly 80 – 100 gm), cut into 8 cm / 3 in pieces
  • 2 – 3 tsp fish sauce


  1. Prep all of your ingredients.

  2. Add the water into a pot on medium high until it comes to a rolling boil.

  3. Add the mince and let it come to back a rolling boil. Let the impurities collect on the sides of the pot and then skim it with a spoon.

  4. Turn down the heat to medium and add the onion, pepper and salt. Let it cook for a further 2 minutes.

  5. Add the chopped watercress and cook for roughly 3 minutes.

  6. Add the fish sauce and adjust according to your taste. If you want more seasoning + flavour, then add fish sauce otherwise add salt.

  7. Serve by itself or with rice.

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