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Winter Melon Soup

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KP Kwan

Taste of Asian Food

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This winter melon soup recipe 冬瓜汤 is the adaptation of my mother's recipe, which she cooked for our family when I was young.

 

I like the subtle flavor of winter melon and the aroma of dried shiitake mushrooms. This soup just hit the bullseye, and I missed it so much since I am no longer staying with her.

 

Ingredients

 

For the stock

  • 6 cups of chicken broth

 

For marinating the meat

  • 200g chicken, minced
  • 1.5 tbsp wine (optional)
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

 

Others

  • 900g winter melon (600g after removing the pith and skin)
  • 1 tsp goji berries
  • 5 dried red dates
  • 6 medium-size Shitake dried mushrooms
  • 2 tsp dried shrimps
  • 3 slices ginger
  • 1 small carrot, about 100g
  • Salt and white pepper to taste

 

Instructions

 

Prepare the ingredients:

  • Cut off the skin of the winter melon. Remove the pith and cut the winter melon into small cubes.
  • Soak the goji berries and dried red dates with water. Cut the red dates to half and remove the seed.
  • Soak the dried shiitake mushrooms in water until it is fully hydrated. Remove the stem and cut them into small dices.
  • Keep the mushroom stock, added to the soup later.
  • Soak the dried shrimps in water until rehydrated. Toast the dried shrimps with a small pan until it smells fragrance.
  • Cut the carrot into small wedges.
  • Marinate the chicken meat with salt, cornstarch, soy sauce, and wine.

 

Prepare the soup:

  • Prepare 6 cups of soup base by using one litre of chick stock. Bring it to a boil. (Refer to the text if you want to prepare from scratch)
  • Add red dates and the mushrooms, followed by the winter melon, dried shrimps, and goji berries.
  • Test the doneness of the winter melon after fifteen minutes.
  • Once the winter melon has the right texture, add the minced mea
  • Season the soup with salt and ground white pepper, and serve.

 

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Source: Taste of Asian Food. Reproduced with permission.

 

 

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