Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Watermelon Soup


Do you know all part of watermelon can be consumed?  I know the white part of the watermelon can be used to boil soup and the soup is actually healthy for us.  Watermelon is a cooling food so this soup is best to consume during the hot summer days, especially good to relieves heatiness.  This soup is sweet on its' own and you only need to season it with a little salt to bring out the overall flavor.  I saw the Chinese used the white part of the watermelon in boiling soup from the Chinese's cooking show and was really intriguing.  So, when I cut the watermelon, I saved the white part to try it myself.  I discard the green skin but I read that some people use it to make salad.  I saved it in portions in ziplock bags and freeze it for later use.  Just defroze it a day before in the refrigerator. 


This soup is really delicious, very sweet and has the cooling effect.  Watermelon is in season during summer days so what a great way to utilize most part of the watermelon eh?  It is similar to the sweet soup came from fruit such as apple or snow pears.  Since this soup is very cooling, it is not advisable for pregnant women to consume.




Ingredient:

  • 1600ml water
  • 1 chicken drumstick
  • 2 pieces of pork bones with some meat (from pork chops or ribs)
  • 2 Chinese dried honey dates
  • 1 and 1/2 carrots, cut into big chunk
  • Watermelon white part, from 1/4 of the watermelon or about I big bowl (the white part in the middle of the green skin and red flesh)
  • Salt to taste ( about 1/2 tsp.)

Method:

1.  In a pot, add in water and let it boil.  When boiling, add in pork bones, scoop out anything that float on top.  

2.  Add in drumstick, honey dates and carrots, turn the heat to low and let it simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours or until the pork meat is tender.

3.  Lastly, add in watermelon and let it simmer for 20 minutes.  Season to taste with a little salt.  The soup will be very sweet on its' own, add a little salt to bring out the full flavor.


17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did you the rinds are also supposed to make great facials?

ICook4Fun said...

Hiyah, I just finish the other half of the watermelon last night and threw away the white part already. If not for sure I will try out this soup. Oh well, I have to wait till Diana come home to buy watermelon again which is not frequest as Carlos is not a fan of it.

Big Boys Oven said...

wow I am learning something new here! it is an interesting way to use the white part of this melon to make soup! :)

babe_kl said...

i've only used the white part and boiled with rock sugar. never knew can make savoury soup :D

Jess @ Bakericious said...

I nvr thot of using watermelon for soup, wil take note on this. Thanks for sharing.

Corinne Jansz said...

Ahh ... thanks for sharing! I'll give it a try too. We've always thrown ours away, now I can put it to good use.

noobcook said...

So creative and I love that nothing is wasted. Next time if I have a whole watermelon, I'll be sure to save the white part to make soup :)

Mochachocolata Rita said...

wa! very intriqued! never tried before and sounds super refreshing for summer!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

this is new to me, next time i must save the white part of watermelon to cook this soup.Thanks for sharing dear.

Anh said...

interesting! I've seen people make pickles but not in a soup!

Little Corner of Mine said...

I don't know that Anon. I only know cucumber.

Gert, too bad but just remember to save it next time when you buy a watermelon.

Yes BBOven, the soup made is delicious too.

Babe kl, try the savory soup next time ya.

You're welcome Jess. Try it next time when you have some.

You're welcome Corinne, hope you like it. :)

Yes noobcook, try it next time.

Rita, interesting right?

You're welcome Sonia. Hope you like this too. If you like those sweet soup made with fruit, you should like this.

Anh, pickle must be the rind?

daphne said...

I have no idea that we can save the other parts of watermelon. I thought this was winter melon at first! great tip ching!

tigerfish said...

yes I have heard about that too - using the "white flesh" of watermelon to make soup but I have not tried it before cos I seldom buy watermelon! Hahha! But it is good tip and I will remember it. Thanks.

Von said...

My grandma uses the white part of the watermelon to cook in her stir fries- it tastes just like winter melon! I've never thought of using it in a soup though- I could imagine how sweet and yummy it would be! This looks really good! Such a shame there aren't many watermelons here now....=[

Little Corner of Mine said...

Thanks Daphne.

You're welcome Tigerfish. I had mentioned it in your blog comment about this some time ago. ;)

Von, that was interesting! I didn't know we can use that to stir-fry too.

Indonesia-Eats said...

I was reading norecipes twitter couple days ago about using the watermelon rinds.

Hmm, I'v never had this. It looks yummy

Cooking Rookie said...

This is really intriguing! I want to try!