Winter Melon Soup


epicurious
240 mins (prep 45)
9 ingredients
makes 8 first-course servings
From the rich broth to the velvety cubes of winter melon — a gourd commonly used in Chinese cuisine for the wonderfully soft texture it takes on during cooking — this wholesome soup is immensely satisfying. Although the winter melon's delicate white flesh has no distinct taste of its own, it absorbs the broth's flavor. We recommend buying a good-quality organic free-range chicken to get the best results. Since Chinese ham is unavailable in the United States, we substitute Smithfield ham. But other cured hams, such as prosciutto, also work well.

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Ingredients

  • 1 (3- to 3 1/2-lb) whole chicken
  • 1 bunch scallions, halved crosswise
  • 2 oz smithfield or other cured ham (1 piece or sliced), trimmed of any spice coating
  • 1 (1-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger, smashed
  • 14 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 5 (1-inch-wide) large dried scallops
  • 1 (2-lb) wedge winter melon
  • 2 oz smithfield or other cured ham (1 piece or sliced), trimmed of any spice coating and cut into very thin matchsticks (1/2 cup)
  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into very thin matchsticks (2 tablespoons)
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)

Nutrition

Serving Size (416.9 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 0.0 Calories from Fat 0.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 733.1mg 244.37%
Total Carbohydrate 0.0g 0.0%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.0%
Sugars 0.0 g %
Protein 0.0g 0.0%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 12.87mg% Iron 0.01mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
 
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
or, cured ham, or, cured ham
 

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