Recipe – Wintermelon, Wolfberry and Pork Ribs Soup

Recipe – Wintermelon, Wolfberry and Pork Ribs Soup

May 30, 2020

Wintermelon is commonly used as a vegetable in Asian cuisines. Taiwan is a country I used to visit a few times a year due to work. Whenever I visited Taiwan, especially during summer time, I enjoyed slurping down a large cup of refreshing and thirst-quenching wintermelon tea. Wintermelon has a few health benefits so I decided to cook the Wintermelon, Wolfberry and Pork Ribs Soup for my family. The recipe is from the Sweet Mandarin Cookbook by Helen and Lisa Tse.

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Ingredients
2.5 litres water
400g pork spare ribs
300g wintermelon, peeled and cut into 4cm dice
1 tablespoon dried shrimp, soaked in lukewarm water for 10 minutes
1 teaspoon white peppercorns, lightly pounded
1 dried honey date
50g wolfberries or goji berries
salt, to taste (optional)

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Instructions
1. Pour 1 litre of water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. Add the ribs and boil for 10 minutes; this will cook off the scum. Drain through a colander, discarding the cooking liquor, and return the ribs to the pan.
3. Add the wintermelon, shrimp, peppercorns, honey date and wolfberries. Cover with 1.5 litres of water and bring to a boil. Boil rapidly for 15 minutes.
4. Reduce the heat to its lowest setting and simmer for a further 45 minutes, by which time the soup should be sweet and full of flavour. Season with salt to taste.

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I’m a true-blue Singaporean who loves travel, photography, and food. I left my career in accountancy in 2014 to become a globetrotter. Since then, I’ve travelled to over 20 countries and have checked many adventures off my bucket list. I hope my readers will benefit from my first hand perspective of the trips.

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