Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Winter Melon & Wolfberries Soup (Vegetarian)

It can't, nope, can't be entirely Indian food all year around. Every now and then must be kicked in is Chinese food (Chinese Tea Eggs, Yong Tau Foo & Chilli Chicken Raisins). Chinese soups (Seafood Tom Yam Soup, Hot Masala Lentil Soup & Sour Fish Soup) should be hailed as well, and as easily you can make a non-vegetarian soup (Chicken Vegetable Soup), in return it is absolutely possible to a home-style vegetarian version (Spinach Tomato Soup, Shanghai Noodles & Mint Mushroom Burger) akin this winter melon & wolberries soup. Winter melon, aka ash/ hairy gourd, by the way is a lovely addition for soups. You can also simply stir fry it with crushed garlic and/or with dried prawns, I may have added winter melon into curries but really I can't recall exactly when. Consequently, this light soup made with just a couple of ingredients is just so tasty, nutritious and soothing.

1 medium size winter melon - remove skin, discard seeds and cut into bite sizes
10 garlic - remove skin and smashed
3 tbsp wolfberries/kei chi - soaked in water to soften
10 dried black fungus - soaked in water to soften and sliced
1/2 liter vegetable stock (home made, store bought or use the granule type)
Chinese parsley leaves - chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
Pepper and salt for taste

Heat oil and saute garlic very quickly - 2-3 seconds.
Pour in stock and add melon pieces.
Simmer over low heat until melon becomes soft and tender.
Add the rest of the ingredients and continue to simmer for another 3-4mins.
Garnish with parley before serving.
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  1. A very cooling soup for a heaty body.

  2. Really interesting post - you think it's going to be one thing and it turns out to be another!

  3. This is one lovely "neutral" soup that you have here. The wolfberries are also really good for our eyes.

  4. I love this soup -- we have it a lot whenever we return to Malaysia :)

  5. I like the sound of wolfberries...haven't tried them yet. the soup looks very good.

  6. Delicious soup. I need to find wolfberries. As temperature get down, we need lot of soup.

  7. There are so many berries that I haven't heard of many of them.
    We often have parties and gatherings that I get tired sometime. I need to learn to make this, looks good.

  8. I love winter melon soup. This is usually my first choice when I go to a Chinese restaurant.

  9. I don't believe I've never tried a winter melon soup! and it sounds amazing paired with wolfberries.

  10. very nice..
    my mum always make this soup for me

  11. Thumbs up! I love this kind of soup! Wish I can go over any grab a bowl of soup from u!

  12. I love winter melon soup too. For us Chinese, winter melon & hairy gourd are two different types of food. Hairy gourds are long like cucumbers & they're really hairy, unlike winter melons. Both are considered to have cooling effect too. Nice way to removed the heatiness from your body system, Nava. Clever usage of the wolfberry herbs.

  13. A soup made with such exotic ingredients must be delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Such lovely photos! I've been meaning to try wolfberries :)

  15. I never heard of this..sounds quite refreshing!!

    Happy friday! :)

  16. I never try melon soup but ther its always the first time to delicious


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