Monday, July 09, 2007

Winter Melon Soup

I went shopping at the Asian Market the other day and spotted the winter melon which was actually looking fresh, so I bought it to make soup. The cooking time for this soup is about 30 minutes, a quick and easy soup to prepare.


1 bowl of 1 1/2-inch cubed winter melon pieces
4 Chinese dried mushroom, soften and sliced
4 slices of fresh ginger
1/2 pound of ground pork (marinate with light soy sauce, Shao Hsing cooking wine, sesame oil, garlic powder, white pepper, salt and sugar, mixed well and let it marinate in the fridge for at least an hour)
3-4 Tbsp canola oil
4-5 cups of water

Seasonings, to taste:
Light soy sauce
Sugar, about 1 tsp.
White pepper


1. In a saucepan, add in cooking oil. When hot, add in sliced ginger, stir for a while then add in sliced mushrooms. Stir for a minute, add winter melons and water. Let the water comes to a boil.

2. When boiled, scoop the ground pork with a small cookie scoop and drop into the soup. Add in seasonings, turn the heat to low and simmer until the pork balls cooked, about 20 minutes.

Note: Hubby didn't touch the winter melon at all. Love everything else especially the meat balls but no thanks to winter melon! Picky right?


East Meets West Kitchen said...

Yum! Nice winter melon soup using ground pork meat balls.

Anonymous said...

Is it a guy's thing not to like winter melon? My brothers hated winter melon too. I don't think my hubby hates it...but let me try.

In the Asian market, the winter melon usually comes in cut-quarters, right?

Little Corner of Mine said...

V, the ground meat balls make the soup sweet. :)

Tigerfish, yes, the winter melon usually comes cut in pieces, mine was cut 1/8. Not sure whether it's a guy's thing though since my hubby also don't eat eggplant, white radish, yellow squash and cooked cucumber.

Anonymous said...

I can't get winter melon here. :( Only place I can have this soup is at mom's place - too faraway to just hop over.

Home Cooking said...

hmmm...never tried winter melon b4. but yr soup so tempting leh. have to give a try next time ;)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Cooking ninja,
Too bad eh. But you can substitute it with white radish.

I Sha,
Yeap, you should give it a try if you like melon in soup. I love it!