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Winter Melon and Beef and Fish Balls Soup

Submitted by on February 15, 2014 – 4:25 pm2 Comments | 35,760 views

 

Another simple soup with a few ingredients you can pick up at your local grocery or wet mart. The winter melon is usually more readily available during the warmer months in HK, but beef and fish balls are in season all the time (yah, in the frozen section of your friendly supermarket). Use the simplest balls, that being beef and fish balls without any surprises on the inside (Taiwanese styled fish balls usually have exploding surprises, so avoid these). The flavors of the balls (mainly salt and whatever other marinades they use) will seep out and make your soup tasty, so don’t add salt unless you’ve tried it first. You can make this soup in about thirty minutes by simply throwing all the ingredients together. In this case, I separated the peel from the flesh so that the melon could soften quicker. In “old fire” wintermelon soups, I will keep the peel attached – but this is really up to personal preference.

Soup Name: Winter Melon and Beef and Fish Balls Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:  冬瓜湯 (dōng guā tāng)

 

Winter Melon and Beef and Fish Balls Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese Soup
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 large slice of winter melon, sliced with skin off (but the peel is also boiled as part of the soup)
  • 10 precooked beef balls
  • 10 precooked fish balls
  • 2 L of water
Instructions
  1. Start boiling your soup water
  2. Wash the winter melon skin and then peel the skin off the winter melon and cube the remaining winter melon flesh
  3. Rinse the beef and fish balls in warm water
  4. When the water boils, throw all the ingredients together
  5. Boil on high for 30 minutes
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
Any benefits?

Excellent soup for children, especially during the heaty months
Winter melons are known to remove heatiness and helps detoxify the body
It is ideal in removing phelgm from the lungs
It is also particularly effective in regulating blood sugar levels

Any precautions?

Like most melons, they will sour the soup the longer you keep it, so try to consume all of it in one day
Since it is a cooling food, it should be carefully consumed if pregnant (less than 3 months into term) or menstruating (can cause contractions)

 

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2 Comments »

  • Pearl says:

    How u made e soup yellow in color??

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Pearl,
    I suspect it’s the iphone + lighting that makes the soup look “yellowish”. The color should be more clear / green tinge (because of the winter melon). Hope this helps! Lisa

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