Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Winter Melon Soup with Chicken and Cilantro
Soothing Light Savory Winter Melon Soup!
Winter Melon is a great diet food for those who are calorie conscious. Today's soup has a light satisfying flavor that makes one crave for more. Winter melon is very tender when cooked in a soup and the texture is nice on the palate. Cilantro really adds a nice aromatic flavor.
Winter Melon Soup with Chicken and Cilantro Recipe:
This recipe yields 1 large serving of soup. (About 2 1/2 cups.)
Basically, if a person can boil water, then making winter melon soup will be easy!
Winter Melons are huge, so they are usually cut into pieces that weigh a couple of pounds at Asian food markets.
Step 1: Select an 8 to 10 ounce piece of winter melon. (Enough for 2 cups is plenty.)
Remove the rind, seeds and soft pulp.
Cut the winter melon into 3/4" cube shaped bite size pieces and set them aside.
Step 2: Boil 3 cups of light chicken broth in a sauce pot over medium high heat.
Add 1 teaspoon of thin sliced shallot.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of minced ginger.
Add sea salt and white pepper.
Add 2 ounces of thin sliced boneless chicken breast.
Add the cube shaped pieces of winter melon.
Step 3: Return the soup to a gentle boil over medium high heat.
Reduce the temperature to medium low heat.
Simmer the soup, till the opaque pieces of winter melon become tender and they turn a translucent color. (Do not stir the soup or the tender winter melon pieces will break apart!)
Step 4: Add about 10 cilantro leaves.
Pour the soup into a large soup bowl.
This is a simple soup that satisfies the senses!