Recipe : Winter Melon soup (Chinese)

Winter Melon

Winter melon is this huge, light green, waxy outer skin and white, soft inner flesh melon that is available all year round and not only in winter. Chinese believes it is cooling to the body. It can be slow boil in sweet dessert or make as savoury soup.

Winter melon soup

My rather oily winter melon soup. (just remove chicken skin to reduce the fats) My children drink and eat the chicken pieces as a main meal. Just mix with lots of white rice and the younger ones already have good appetite.

To make the soup:

Recipe for winter melon soup

  • A few pieces of meat with bones (I use a chicken thigh)
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 200 grams winter melon, skinned, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 6-8 red dates (this will give sweetness to the soup)
  • 1 big tablespoon of wolfberries
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 2 bowls of water (or as much as you can finish, no point using more than you can drink, make the soup more concentrated and tastes better)

Optional – 1 tablespoons of Chinese Shao Hsing wine and 2 dried oysters (not mandatory but it does make the soup more wholesome)

Method :

Method : Boil the chicken pieces in some hot water for a while till chicken turn colour. Drain water away and wash clean the chicken. This will ensure that the soup is clear. Then, only put all the ingredients into the pot and boil over big fire until the water boils. Reduce fire to the minimum and let the soup simmer for at least 30 – 45 minutes.

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4 thoughts on “Recipe : Winter Melon soup (Chinese)

    soowm

    (April 22, 2006 - 4:59 pm)

    Great easy receipi, can I subsitute the chicken with “Pai Kuat” (pork)??.

    kampungboycitygal

    (April 23, 2006 - 11:39 am)

    Looks good..For a sweet version instead of savoury one, u can cut odd the top and dig out the meat and leave some space for rock sugars and longan..Steam it for about 2 hours..Will try ur version definitely~

    Lilian

    (April 23, 2006 - 4:20 pm)

    kampungboy – Thanks for that tips. I sure look forward to try that. I had seen it but dunno how to cook.

    soowm – Yes, definitely! Spare ribs taste nice. You can also add a little dried squid and it taste yummy too.

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