Winter Melon Soup

If you’re looking to help detoxify and re-start your body, look no further than this Winter Melon Soup! It’s filled with healthy winter melon, lotus root, and various Chinese medicines including Chinese red dates and goji berries.

Servings: 18 pieces

Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time:  10 minutes   |   Cook Time: 20 minutes   |   Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 10 cups water
  •  1 pound pork bone ribs
  • 12 cups pork bone broth
  • 6 cups winter melon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 1-cm slice ginger root, peeled
  • 1 lotus root, peeled and sliced into 1-cm pieces
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped, white and green parts separated
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 Chinese dried red dates
  • 1/4 cup dried goji berries


Place the water in a large pot and bring it to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat to medium, add the pork bones, and cook for 10 minutes.

Drain the pork ribs and water into a colander, discarding the water. Wash the pot to remove any impurities and re-fill it with the pork bone broth. Place it on the stove and heat over medium heat.

While the pork bone broth is heating up, rinse the pork ribs under cold water. Rub each one in between your hands to wash away any impurities. Once all the bones are rinsed, add them to the pot.

Next, add the winter melon cubes, ginger, sliced lotus root, the white ends of the scallions, soy sauce, Chinese dates and goji berries. Stir everything together.

Cook the soup over medium heat for at least 2 hours so that all the flavours can come together.

To serve, scoop the soup into a bowl and garnish with the green ends of the scallions.