Winter melon (Chinese: 冬瓜) is widely consumed throughout Asia in savory dishes and sweets. The Chinese believes that winter melon helps reduce heat, and is good to be consumed in hot summer weather and/or after eating too many fried food. One of the most straightforward way to enjoy winter melon is by making the ever popular winter melon soup. I use pork ribs for this, but if you prefer, you can also use chicken instead.
- 500 gram pork ribs, blanched to remove impurities
- 8 cups water
- ½ winter melon (Chinese: dong gua), remove rind and seeds, cut into 2 inch wedges
- 8 jujube/red dates (Chinese: hong zao)
- 1 tablespoon goji berries (Chinese: gou gi zi)
- 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- In a pot, boil together blanched pork ribs, water, winter melon, and red dates. Reduce heat, cover the pot, and simmer until the pork is tender and the winter melon becomes translucent, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Add goji berries and salt, adjust the amount of salt to suit your taste. Bring back to a rolling boil, then turn off the heat. Serve hot or warm.