Double Melon Soup

Winter & Bitter Melon Soup with Shrimps

The soup, topped with scallions, tastes so refreshing!
The soup, topped with scallions, tastes so refreshing! | Source

 I love soups and one of my favorites is "Double Melon Soup with Shrimps."  This soup is so refreshing and is perfect for a hot summer day.  The secret ingredients are winter melon and bitter melon.  I have had winter melon soup (chunks of winter melon with skin attached boiled with pork bones for at least two hours).  Additionally, I have had bitter melon soup (also boiled with pork bones, carrots, and red beans).  However, putting the two together - that's something I've never given any thought to until I stumbled on a recipe called "Double Melon Soup."  You don't necessarily have to add shrimps to it; you can add any meat or seafood as you like.  The resulting soup is like a clear broth and has a very refreshing taste.  When winter melon meets bitter melon, you get a completely different flavor (like in a marriage - two distinctive flavors blended in to form a new flavor). 

winter melon - skin peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices.
winter melon - skin peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices. | Source
bitter melon - shredded and soaked in water.
bitter melon - shredded and soaked in water. | Source
Boil winter melon and bitter melon over medium high heat.  Add shrimps and cook until they turn pink.
Boil winter melon and bitter melon over medium high heat. Add shrimps and cook until they turn pink. | Source

Ingredients

  • winter melon (about half a pound; skin peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch thick)
  • bitter melon (shredded) - just peel off the outermost (green) part with a peeler 
  • shrimps
  • salt to taste

 

Making the Soup

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add winter melon and bitter melon. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add shrimps to the soup. Cook until shrimps turn pink.
  4. Sprinkle salt to taste.
  5. Serve over white rice or rice noodles or just drink as is.

 

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