Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Vegetarian Chinese Winter Melon Soup

Boring right? If its daily Indian food? Tell me about it. I however don't have a choice. My love the love of my life, my other half-half need his daily fix of Indian food (Tomato Spinach Soup). The escape for me from Indian food of course is when he is away (Rice Congee With Condiments). I think that is a fair marriage deal? I think so. Now, lets get down to making this soup and whoever said we can't make vegetarian Chinese dishes (Yam Basket Vegetarian, Vegetarian Fried Bee Hoon & Vegetarian Chow Mein). Am I a vegetarian? Nope. Maybe, every now and then, as and when, I do prefer vegetarianism (Mushroom Veggie Burger) and soups by itself, by far is simplicity. I like it. Back from work, look into the fridge, remember I told you, my fridge is always stocked up, and then those ingredients quickly prepared for going into a pot for simmering. Slow simmering of course for the flavours to rise up (Chinese Vegetarian Noodle Soup). But you need a good stock. Keep some stocked up as well. Without a good stock, soups may not be all that exciting to our palates.Vegetarian Chinese Winter Melon Soup? Winter melon, woflberries, dried black fungus, vegetable stock and parsley leaves garnished.

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 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.


  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. Delicious and creamy soup with loads of vegetables!!

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


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