Winter Melon Soup with Pork Ribs
It can warm up your stomach during the harsh winter!
In Chinese medicine, winter melon is most suitable for people with kidney problems, diabetes, and high blood pressure. This soup is very healthy, soothing and delicious.
- 1.9 lbs Pork Spare RibsChoose Spare Ribs for Soup
- 1 lbs Winter Melon
- 1 tbsp Cooking Wine
- 4 slices Ginger
- 1 Green Onion
Pre-cook Pork Ribs
Cut pork ribs into around 2inch (5cm) cubes on each side.
Put them in a pot, add cold water to cover the top of ribs. Turn on the heat to high until the water is boiling, turn down the heat to medium or low, and skim off scum. Cook another 2-3 minutes.
Remove from heat, use a strainer, pour ribs into it (you can pour throw out the soup).
Give ribs a final rinse in cold water, then set aside to dry.
Chop Winter Melon
When pre-cooking ribs in Step 1, I chopped the winter melon into large cubes.
First, we need to remove the seeds of the winter melon.
Second, peel off the skin of winter melon, it is very thick and difficult to remove. What you need to do is use a large/heavy knife, cut the whole winter melon into large pieces , then cut the skin off.
Finally, chop each large pieces into cubes.
Move ribs to a large/deep pot, add cold water to cover the top of ribs. (you can add more water depends on how deep your pot is.)
Also, add 1 tbsp. of cooking wine, 4 slices of ginger and 1 green onion to the pot.
Turn on the heat to high. While the water is boiling, turn down to low heat and cover the top.
Cook for 1.5 hours.
Tip: If your pot cover is like mine which doesn't have an air-bleed hole, you can use a toothpick at the edge between the pot and cover.