Winter melon gives a sweetness to soups and can be a lovely warming soup on a cold night. The oysters lend the soup a delicate smokey taste too. Overall this is a soup which goes down well with many people.
According to Acupuncture.com, winter melon clears heat, detoxifies, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, dispels dampness and is particularly effective in regulating blood sugar.
Try this soup!
Winter melon Soup With Chicken Feet
1 wedge of medium sized winter melon ("tung kwa")
5 dried oysters, soaked
1 whole chicken thigh (remove skin)
3 pairs chicken feet (chop off claws)
3 red dates (pitted)
Salt to taste
Chop the chicken thigh into bite-sized pieces. Chop chicken feet into 2 sections. Scald chicken thighs and chicken feet.
Bring water to a boil. Put in all the ingredients into the pot. Boil furiously for 10 minutes and then cover pot to allow it to simmer for 2 hours. Season to taste with salt and sugar.
This is how winter melon looks like - in case you want to know.