Chinese Winter Melon Soup

    45 minutes

    This summer soup from China uses Chinese winter melon that is simmered in a dried shrimp, tomato and bamboo shoot broth.

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    Serves: 2 

    • 2 cups (500ml) water
    • 20g dried small shrimp, rinsed
    • 20g bamboo shoots in brine, rinsed, soaked and sliced
    • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
    • 1 pinch sugar
    • 250g Chinese winter melon, seeded, peeled and cut into 4cm thick slices
    • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Combine the water, dried shrimp, bamboo shoots, tomato and sugar in a saucepan.
    2. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Turn the heat down and simmer for 20 minutes.
    3. Add winter melon and cook until soft and translucent. Turn off the heat and let cool.
    4. Once cool, add the sesame oil and serve.


    Bamboo shoots in brine, Chinese winter melon and dried small shrimp can be purchased in Asian speciality shops.
    If Chinese winter melon is unavailable substitute in bitter melon but salt for 30 minutes before using.

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