Mushroom, Shrimp, and Winter Melon Soup

With the refreshing taste of winter melon and umami from dried shiitake mushrooms and shrimp, this soup is a perfect mushroom recipe, especially for summer!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
2 servings


  • ½ cup dried shiitake mushrooms

  • 3 cups water

  • ½ pound shell-on medium shrimp

  • 1 teaspoon sunflower oil

  • 1 (10 ounce) peeled winter melon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces

  • ¼ (8 ounce) can bamboo shoots, drained and thinly sliced

  • 2 teaspoons cooking sake

  • 1 cube chicken bouillon

  • 1 (1 inch) piece ginger, grated

  • 2 slices lemon

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • salt and ground white pepper to taste


  1. Combine mushrooms and water in a bowl. Let sit until mushrooms are soft, at least 15 minutes. Drain mushrooms and reserve 2 cups soaking water.

  2. Soak shrimp in salt water. Peel, then soak again in salt water. Drain and blot dry.

  3. Heat sunflower oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from the heat.

  4. Put winter melon, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots in a pan with the reserved soaking water, sake, chicken bouillon, and ginger. Cook over medium heat, skimming any foam that rises to the top, until winter melon is transparent, about 10 minutes.

  5. Divide shrimp between 2 bowls. Ladle soup over top. Add lemon and cilantro and season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

256 Calories
4g Fat
35g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 256
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 944mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 29mg 146%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 793mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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