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Winter Melon Soup

Melissa
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.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 d 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 1 d 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

For the Pork Bone Broth:

  • 4 pounds pork bones
  • Water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 scallions whole
  • 1 2-cm piece ginger peeled
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns whole

For the Soup:

  • 1 pound pork bone ribs
  • 10 cups water
  • 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

Instructions
 

For the Pork Bone Broth:

  • Make the pork bone broth the day before making this soup. Add the pork bones to a large bowl and rinse well. Fill the bowl with cold water to cover the pork bones and add the vinegar. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Drain the water from the pork bones and rinse well under cold water. Add the pork bones to a large stockpot and add enough water to cover the pork bones. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Drain the pork bones and water into a colander in the sink. You want to discard all of the water as it is full of impurities. Also, wash the pot out to remove any impurities from that as well.
  • Rinse each pork bone under cold water scraping off any fat, sinue, or blood that is on the bones. This is tedious, but it will leave you with a clear stock.
  • Once the pork bones have been rinsed, add them back to your clean stock pot and cover with water again. Add the scallion, ginger, salt and peppercorns to the pot.
  • Bring the contents of the pot just to a boil over high heat. Do not bring it rolling boil. Once the water just beings bubbling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer on the lowest heat setting for 12-24 hours and top off with extra water if the pork bones begin to pop out of the water. Do not stir the soup while it's cooking.
  • Once the soup has cooked, use a ladle to scoop out the broth into containers or another soup pot. Try not to mix the soup too much as any additional impurities are at the bottom of the pot and you don't want those in your bone broth. Discard all the bones and vegetables and you have a yummy pork bone broth!

For the Soup:

  • 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 uncovered for 15 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.
Keyword asian soup, chinese soup, healthy soup, winter melon soup