Healthy Soup – Winter Melon Soup with Pork

A light 'cooling' healthy soup.

Here is a nice, clear soup that is easy to make, cheap, and good for you.  I like making this winter melon soup because a big pot would last my family for a few days.

The main ingredients are pork tenderloin/shank (depends on what you prefer), duck eggs (for saltyness) and winter melon.   Winter melon can help detoxify the body and is normally used in soups, and stews.  Some fancy chinese restaurants serve the soup in the melon (after it’s scooped out) but will require advance notice to order.

Fresh ingredients - pork tenderloin or shank, duck eggs and 3 pounds of winter melon (about $2.50). Most supermarkets will cut them in various sizes. I'm planning to make about 3 litres of soup.

De-seed the centre and cut them into large chunks and then cut them into cubes. You can cut into the melon flesh to remove the skin (like cutting a pineapple). We won't be using the skin for the soup (it is edible when cooked for 'cooling' purposes).

I only used one-third of the pork shown. I cut the remaining two-thirds into equal pieces and stored it in the freezer. Marinade the pork slices with a dash of sesame oil, soy sauce, corn starch, sugar and white pepper. Hold the salt as the duck egg is salty.

Since the melon takes the longest to cook, throw the melon in first when the water is boiling. You can prepare the duck eggs and pork while the melon is cooking. Let it cook for at least 30 minutes. The bigger the piece the longer it takes. You can add a can of chicken stock to the water but it doesn't make much of a difference in taste.

Break open the duck eggs into a bowl one at a time. Smell each one as you may find a rotten egg even though they can keep for up to a year in the fridge or cool, dry place. The egg white is very salty and the hard yolk is deep orange-red colour.

Break the hard duck yolks in half or quarter size for easy consumption.

Add the duck eggs into the boiling pot. Boil for 10 minutes and then add the marinaded pork. Boil for another 30 minutes and turn off the heat.

I did a taste test after and realized that 2 salted duck eggs was not enough for flavour.   For 3 litres of soup, I think using 3 duck eggs would be sufficient.   I ended up adding more soy sauce to the pork marinade for flavour and colour.

A light 'cooling' healthy soup.

The winter melon will be soft but bland in taste.  You can dip it in soy sauce with green onions.  About $6 worth of ingredients used, for 3 litres pot of soup.

Note that women in the first trimester of pregnancy should not be eating too much ‘cooling’ ingredients.


Posted on April 27, 2011, in The Dinner Table and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Ah, that is a simple classic. I love it with more egg.

  2. Thanks for the recipe! Will have to make this on my weekly Chinese food night.

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