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Honeydew and Chicken Soup

Chinese, especially Cantonese cuisine, uses a lot of fruits in savory dishes. It is no wonder then that we even make chicken soup with honeydew, surprise huh? Another fruit that is also commonly used in savory soup is of course apple, and most popular of all would be apple soup with deep fried fish and pork ribs soup. Hm… now I am super tempted to cover that in my future post, haha. ♥

Honeydew and Chicken Soup
Honeydew and Chicken Soup

Honeydew and Chicken Soup

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Total Time: 2 hours

Serves: 8

Print Recipe


  • 1 free range chicken (Indonesian: ayam kampung), cut into 8 pieces
  • 8 dried jujube fruits/red dates (Chinese: hong zao)
  • 2 tablespoon wolfberries/goji berries (Chinese: gou gi zi)
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups water
  • 500 gram honeydew flesh, cut into cubes


  1. Place chicken, jujube, wolfberries, salt, and water into a soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hr.
  2. Add honeydew and bring to another boil. Reduce heat and simmer for another 15 minutes. Adjust with salt and sugar since the sweetness of honeydew may varies.
  3. Turn off heat and serve immediately.
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  • Sharon Sharon says:

    What a unique combination,love your blog,beautiful pictures and everything looks so delicious!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Sharon, thank you for checking the blog. I hope you will try some of the recipes :)

  • Yi @ Yi Reservation Yi @ Yi Reservation says:

    I've heard about honeydew soup before but this is my first time seeing it in action! Love the Chinese soup ingredients you put in there. It really reminds me of the Cantonese soups. Thanks for sharing!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Yi, I do have the tendency to add some red dates and goji berries in my Chinese soup to make it more herbal and (hopefully) healthier :D

  • Dorie Dorie says:

    Hi Anita, I've been following your blog for a few months and just wanted to drop in to say thank you for sharing all your recipes. I like your style of home cooking as it brings back fond memories growing up with Grandma's cooking. I can now cook these dishes for my family. Regards, Dorie

    • Anita Anita says:

      Same with me Dorie, a lot of the Chinese recipes in my blog have been passed down from Grandma to Mom, and finally, to me :D

  • rosalin rosalin says:

    is it usually wintermelon that is used for this cooking? it is a type of vegetable not fruit. has the exact texture but not sweet

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Rosalin, you are right that winter melon is the one we encounter more, so you can use that as well. But, the honeydew in this recipe is not a mistake, so give it a try, the natural sweetness of the fruit works surprisingly well in the soup :)

      • Pattee Pattee says:

        YES, I was actually wondering recently if honey dew could be somewhat of a close substitute to the winter melon since the texture is very much the same. This gives me hope! I will have to try it out soon. Thank You for posting!

  • Lauren Lauren says:

    I came across your webpage while browsing for some Chinese Herbal Soups. I tried one of this soup in Singapore, loved it and I want to cook it myself for my family. I was wondering if most of the soups are okay for toddlers? Thinking if Chinese herbal soups are too tasty/strong for little ones. And by the way, we'll be staying a few more months in SG before heading back to Manila, may I ask if free range chickens are available at Fairprice/FP Finest/Cold Storage grocery stores? Thanks a bunch.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Lauren, In my family, we all grow up drinking this kind of herbal soup since really young, like before even starting kinder garden, so I think it should be fine. Unfortunately I am not familiar with grocery stores in Singapore, sorry I can't help with this :)

      • Lauren Lauren says:

        ooopsss.. kinda noticed that, thought you were from Singapore. Thanks for your reply. :)

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