Sunday 9 December 2012

Shark Fin Melon Soup 鱼翅瓜汤

Shark Fin Melon Soup



Hot soupy goodness

It has been raining like clockwork almost every evening for more than three months. I can't remember when the last time we experienced such cold and damp weather in Kuala Lumpur which has always been hot and sunny.

The cold evenings made me long for something hot so SK made this shark fin melon soup for dinner. Everybody loves a hot soup on cold rainy days.


1/2 old chicken
40g dried scallops
40g dried oysters
20g red dates
10g wolfberries (  kei chee in Cantonese )
1.5 kg. shark fin melon ( yee chee kua in Cantonese )
2.5 litres water
1 tsp salt or to taste

 Top view of the shark fin melon

 Side view of the shark fin melon

Top row : shark fin melon with skin removed and cut into pieces
Middle row : dried oysters
Bottom row on the left : dried scallops. Middle : red dates. Right : wolfberries



1.  Boil the old chicken in 2.5 litres of water over slow fire for about 2 1/2 hours or until the chicken is almost tender.
2.  Add in the red dates, dried scallops, dried oysters and wolf berries and boil for 30 minutes over high flame
3.  Add in the shark fin melon last and boil for a further 20 minutes over high flame
4.  Add salt to taste

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