Winter Melon Soup

Winter melon soup
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Prep: 40 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
61 Calories
1g Fat
10g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 61
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 751mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 265mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This popular soup, featuring the mild sweet taste of winter melon, is often served at Chinese banquets. If winter melon is unavailable, the dish can also be made with a whole cucumber. Peel the cucumber, core to remove the seeds, and dice.


  • 1 cup (1/2 pound) winter melon

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 4 Chinese dried black mushrooms

  • 2 to 3 slices fresh ginger

  • 1/4 cup cooked ham, diced

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 to 2 green onions, sliced, for optional garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Wash the winter melon, remove the green skin, seeds and the pulp. Cut into 2-inch pieces.

  2. Reconstitute the Chinese dried mushrooms by soaking in hot water for 20 - 30 minutes until softened. Squeeze out any excess water.

  3. Place the winter melon in a pot of water, bring to a boil, and simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until the winter melon is tender.

  4. Add the chicken broth, mushrooms, ginger and cooked ham.

  5. Add seasonings as desired. Simmer for about 20 minutes.

  6. Add green onion for garnish. Serve hot.


  • Purchase a whole winter melon (about 8 to 10 pounds), cut off the top, remove the seeds and pulp, place the other ingredients inside and steam for 1 - 2 hours. This makes for a fancier looking dish.

  • Add barbecued pork and/or shrimp.

  • Try adding other vegetables, such as bamboo shoots, carrots, or silk squash.

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