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Winter Melon Soup

Easy, healthy, and delicious Chinese winter melon soup with pork ribs, red dates/jujube, and goji berries.

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.

Winter Melon Soup

Red dates/jujube and goji berries

When I make winter melon soup, I always add some red dates/jujube and goji berries. My Grandma has been using these ingredients since forever, and though they might be relatively hard to come by years ago, jujube and goji berries have both gone quite mainstream. In fact, most considered them to be super food. If you have access to Chinese markets, most stores should stock these two items. Otherwise, you can always try Amazon.

Winter Melon Soup

Winter Melon Soup

5.0 from 5 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 45 mins

Serves: 8


  • 500 gram pork ribs, blanched to remove impurities
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 winter melon (Chinese: dong gua), remove rind and seeds, cut into 2 inch wedges
  • 8 jujube/red dates
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste


  1. 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.
  2. 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.


  • Meding says:

    It was great! And such a great help for me in my job as domestic helper.... Thank you so much for your help and specially for sharing... God bless!👍👍👍

    • Anita says:

      You are welcome Meding :)

  • Jacqueline Meldrum says:

    I have never heard of melon soup. My head is springing. Although you can't beat a bowl of homemade soup. So comforting.

  • Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry says:

    This sounds ever so tasty! What a great way to enjoy winter melon.

  • Haley D. Williams says:

    I have never seen anything with winter melon like this! I have to give this a try on the next cold day!

    • Anita says:

      Most likely only Chinese are familiar with this soup. Although we prepare it very simple like this at home, chefs in Chinese restaurants like to cook the soup inside a hollowed out winter melon, and it will make a grand entrance on the table. :)

  • Cathy says:

    I have heard about winter melon soup and have always wanted to try it! I have found my go to recipe finally! Thanks

  • Emily says:

    This recipe sounds wonderful. Can I use country style boneless ribs or do I need to use baby back?

    • Anita says:

      Either one is fine Emily, but the pork bones add slightly more richness to the soup.

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