Rating: 4.58 stars
19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

This soup is very warming. I love to make this during the winter months when it's chilly outside.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Sprinkle pork with cornstarch, cilantro, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and ginger. Mix eggs into pork until completely incorporated and the mixture becomes sticky.

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  • Combine water, winter melon, ginger, salt, and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, form 1 teaspoon-sized meatballs out of the pork mixture. Gently drop meatballs into simmering soup; simmer 8 to 10 minutes more until meatballs have cooked.

Nutrition Facts

173 calories; protein 9.8g; carbohydrates 9.4g; fat 10.8g; cholesterol 69.9mg; sodium 1110.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (19)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2009
I enjoyed this winter soup but the second time I made some adjustments: Used 1 egg as found the meatballs didn't stick together well. I also added chopped water chestnuts to the meatball mixture as I enjoy a little crunch. Used half the amount of salt as I found it too salty the first time or you can add more water. I also added dried chinese mushrooms soaked in water, drained & sliced. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/03/2012
only good if you like ginger...we ended up not finishing it because the ginger was overwhelming Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2009
I enjoyed this winter soup but the second time I made some adjustments: Used 1 egg as found the meatballs didn't stick together well. I also added chopped water chestnuts to the meatball mixture as I enjoy a little crunch. Used half the amount of salt as I found it too salty the first time or you can add more water. I also added dried chinese mushrooms soaked in water, drained & sliced. Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
My first attempt at cooking with bitter melon! The soup is very good - I used lean ground pork and only 1 egg in the meatballs and followed the suggestions of others and added sliced rehydrated dried Chinese mushrooms tofu and dried shrimp in during the initial phase of cooking and then cracked in a salted duck egg (chopped the yolk up first as it was hard) after I added the meatballs. Just before serving I stirred in 3 sliced green onions. Everyone thought it was delicious though I agree with a previous reviewer that it might be a tad too salty. Next time I will try adding chopped water chestnuts to the meatball mixture to add crunch. I found that the meatballs themselves were very very soft and somewhat hard to form - any suggestions on how to make firmer meatballs? Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2007
I've been trying to find a winter melon soup recipe like mom makes and this one is very good. Thanks for sharing! The broth is missing some complexity of flavour however and I'm not sure what it is. Perhaps next time I will try adding some dried mini shrimp and crack a salted duck egg into the broth. Since I like "stuff" in my soup I also added some cubed medium-firm tofu during the last couple minutes of cooking. This was a very healthy meal. Thanks again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2010
I was a little surprised when I came home with my winter melon from the Asian market. I opened it up in the morning expecting a melon but instead got this. So thinking of what I would do with this I went on this website and found this website. i had all of the ingredients and it was very simple to make. I was still afraid about how this would come out because of the cucumber smell and taste of the squash. But I love this! It is absolutely delicious. I recommend it to everyone even if you don't like cucumber because it ends up tasting like potatoes and broth with meatballs. I will probably make this again with my other half of my melon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2011
I am from Japan and we have different ways of cooking Winter Melons. However being in the US I decided to try this Chinese version. I changed the recipe slightly by substituting the cilantro with minced green onion omitted sugar from both the meat balls and the soup and omitted garlic from meat balls. I also added Chinese soup bouillon (do not use American soup stock because they use different spices) and sake in the soup to add more taste added sliced fresh Shiitake and frozen taro potatoes (satoimo in Japanese) in the soup. The result was delicious. My son who does not usually like vegetables (if Winter Melon is considered a vegetable) ate two servings. I boiled the cut Winter Melon and the frozen taro potatoes for 10 - 15 minutes and drained the water before putting them in the soup stock because I like softer melon and potatoes. I will definitely make this soup again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2010
Thanks for bringing back memories of my parents cooking this when I was growing up! I used Chinese turnip instead of winter melon (couldn't find any at the store this week). I halved the meatball ingredients to 5 servings keeping the soup base at 10 servings. I also threw several sprigs of cilantro into the soup base toward the end. Very flavorful and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/21/2011
I didnt like the sweetness and i used only 1/2 the sugar called for in the meatballs. I will make it again but i think i will omit the sugar all together and use only egg whites in the meatballs. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2011
Very good soup. I've made it for my in-laws and they enjoyed it. I had to change a few items. I only use 1 egg because with 2 eggs the pork mixture became runny and the meatballs fell apart in the soup. I boil the soup first then add the winter melon in because I find that if you add the winter melon at the beginning, the melons become too soft for my taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2009
I just made this soup. WOW what a wonderful flavor. I felt like I was in a fancy restaurant. I add some spring onions after the main soup had cooked and before I added the meatballs. WONDERFUL! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/03/2012
only good if you like ginger...we ended up not finishing it because the ginger was overwhelming Read More
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