According to a herbalist, who had written many books on soup, soup cooks without meat tastes as good as long as the ingredients are well balanced. Meat can be replaced with beans and fungi or algae.
Yellow cucumber, adzuki beans, soya beans, black beans, 5 pieces dried mushroom (soak and cut into cubes), 1 sweet date, 2 pieces dried tangerine peel
Remove the pith of cucumber and cut into large pieces
Put all ingredients into boiling water
Reduce heat and cook for 3 hours
Season with salt
Choose mature yellow cucumbers that are heavy in weight, large with brownish yellow skin and cracked patterns on surface. Cooking with skin on enhances heat-removing effect.