Have you tried this fresh cactus before? I have seen this on sale in supermarkets for months, but was not convinced enough to make a purchase. Main concern: Will the food or soup cooked with the cactus taste weird? If that's your concern too, I can tell you now: Cactus soup is tasty with no strange or weird taste at all! The cactus is bland and the greenish skin does not impart any smell or taste to the soup either.
When you buy the cactus, there's a simple recipe on the package: Cook the cactus with chicken and honey dates. I added some snow fungus to it. To prepare, you need to wash and cut the cactus into big chunks (no need to peel the skin). Blanch the chicken meat/bones with boiling water. Bring a pot of water to boil and add all the ingredients. Bring to boil again and simmer for about 90 minutes. Add seasoning and it's ready.
For a complete meal, I prepared stir-fry spinach with beech mushroom and yam rice.