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Pork & Winter Melon Soup

Traditionally served in a beautifully carved, hollowed out Winter Melon, this is a standard soup you will find on every Chinese Restaurant menu.
This recipe adds some other familiar Chinese soup ingredients, bamboo shoots, shiitake mushrooms and I like to add tofu as well.
Prep Time20 mins
Active Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: winter melon, soup, Chinese soup ingredients, bamboo shoots, shitake mushrooms, tofu
Yield: 4 Servings.
Author: Deirdre K Todd


  • 1/2 lb. pork belly, fat trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 3 stalks green onion, minced
  • 1 TB sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 c. bamboo shoots, julienne
  • 4 large dried shrimp, minced
  • 4 fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 6-8 c. chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 c. winter melon, peeled, diced
  • 2 TB lime juice
  • 2 TB Aloha shoyu
  • 2 TB hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp. Thai chili garlic paste
  • 2 TB cornstarch mixed with 1/4 c. chicken broth


  • 10 oz. diced fried tofu,
  • 2 chopped green onion
  • sesame seed oil


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, brown pork and onions in oil.
  • Add bamboo shoots, shrimp, mushrooms and broth.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes.
  • Add melon; bring to a boil.
  • Stir in lime juice, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger and garlic paste; simmer 10 minutes.
  • Slowly stir in cornstarch mixture, until slightly thickened.

How To Serve:

  • For service: Garnish as desired with tofu and green onions,
  • Drizzle with sesame seed oil. 
  • Serves 4-6.