Chicken And Winter Melon Soup

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Delicious chicken and winter melon soup

Delicious chicken and winter melon soup

It’s time for soup again. Went to the Chinese shop and was really glad to find winter melon. Miss winter melon soup. I bought a piece of the winter melon and a pack of free range chicken legs. It’s really easy to cook this soup. It tastes very good and nutritious too.

Winter melon

Winter melon

Winter melon soup is a popular Chinese soup. My mom used to tell us that winter melon is cooling and refreshing to our bodies. Preserved winter melon strips are also very popular for making drinks or desserts. Well, here’s how I cooked this soup:

Ingredients A
600g winter melon (peel and cut)
2 whole chicken legs
1 whole garlic (peel)
1 big onion (peel and cut)
a few slices of ginger
1/4C wolfberries
1/2C dried longan
a few Chinese mushrooms (soak)

Put everything into a pot

Put everything into a pot

Ingredients B (seasoning)
light soya sauce

Add water to pot

Add water to pot

Put everything into a pot. Add in water and let it boil. Remove the froth and lower the fire. Let it cook for about 45 minutes to an hour. Season it with salt, pepper and light soya sauce to taste. This is very delicious. I am happy just to have this with some rice.

Do you like soups? Have you tried winter melon soup? What is your favourite Chinese soup? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other soups that you may be interested:
Nutritious Ginger Wine Chicken Soup
Hot And Sour Tofu Soup
Chicken Tonic Soup

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Divina  on October 31st, 2009

I had this soup before. Who else would make it except dad. It’s comforting and delicious. I don’t see wintermelons around this time of year. I will have to wait.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on October 31st, 2009

LOVE this soup very much. I always cook winter melon soup in summers. The weather is quite hot here. Can I have one bowl? So delicious~

claire  on October 31st, 2009

hi Mary… your soup looks very nutritious.. yes, melon is cooling..good for our bodies.. i boil that at times… this evening i boil some vegetables soup.. will post up later.. have a nice weekend!

Mary  on October 31st, 2009

@Divina - Winter melons here are imported. not too sure from which country. They come ready sliced. I will have to cook again if ever I can get that….just so delicious. My family loves it very much.

@Christine - I just need a lot of hot, lovely soup in cold months. Hope to try out more warming soups….more ginger, wine and herbs

@Claire - Oh, I love vegetable soups too but I’m not very good in that. My mom used to make very delicious soups for us using dried anchovies (ikan bilis) but they are not available here :( Would love to see your vegetable soup on your blog.

Cookin' Canuck  on October 31st, 2009

This looks very hearty and delicious. You introduced me to a new ingredient - longan. I looked them up on Wikepedia to found out a little more about them.

Jeannie Tay  on October 31st, 2009

My mum used to boil this soup for us too. Now it’s our turn to boil for our children. It’s a life circle I guess.

Drick  on October 31st, 2009

must be something really good about this winter melon…have seen a few posts mentioning it - would like to try it but have not seen it in markets here….

Mary  on October 31st, 2009

@Cookin’Canuck - Yes, it’s really delicious. The next time I go to the shop, I’ll have to buy extra 1-2 pieces so that we’ll have this lovely soup at least for the next couple of days. I just miss it now. We drank every drop of it…yum. The dried logan is good for the body and makes the soup very sweet. I hope you can find it there.

@Jeannie - I’m sure you can get lots of winter melon throughout the year over there in Malaysia. I’m really happy that my family loves it very much. Bet your boys love it too.

@Drick - Oh yes, it is very good. It’s quite a number of years since I last have it. I’ll surely cook this soup anytime I can get the winter melon. It’s really very delicious. I guess you can find it in Oriental supermarket.

3hungrytummies  on October 31st, 2009

it looks so comforting, have been eating so much grilled food lately, made some barley and wintermelon drinks the other day. this would be perfect with my next chinese meal!

penny aka jeroxie  on November 1st, 2009

ANother mummy’s soup…. but I make it at times here as well. It is very “cooling” so it is good in warmer weather.

Mary  on November 1st, 2009

@3hungrytummies - Thanks for sharing. I would love the barley winter melon drink. It’s quite sometime since I last made. Thanks for the remindeer.

@Penny - I think it’s good to go with BBQ to cool down the effect. Got the idea from @3hungrytummies.

kristy  on November 2nd, 2009

Hi Ya Mary, i thought it’s difficult to get winter melon out of the region. Cool, you still be able to get those melon over there. I love winter melon sweet soup the most. I made that every month. And I made this almost every week especially during heaty weather.

Mary  on November 2nd, 2009

@Kristy - Ya, it’s not easy to get here. This is a rare item, imported from somewhere, most likely from Holland I think. I have to keep looking out for it. It tastes so good.

Amber  on November 2nd, 2009

Hi Mary,
I’ve never had winter melon either. I’ll have to look for it. I love learning about new ingredients. Thanks!

Mary  on November 3rd, 2009

@Amber - Thanks for sharing. It’s not easy to get it at my place here. They are all imported. It’s a very good vegetable and makes very good soup. I hope you can find it. Give a try at Oriental shops.

Hari Wibowo  on December 9th, 2009

I really love to eat any kind of food, but i loved fish product more than other because it has lower fat than any meat product..what do you think?

Mary  on December 9th, 2009

@Hari Wibowo - Thanks for comment. I love fish too.

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