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Winter Melon Soup with Pork Balls

Winter Melon Soup with Pork Balls Recipe

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Winter melon soup with pork balls is a Chinese soup I can rely on on busy days. Unlike my other Chinese soups which typically use chicken or pork, this recipe uses ikan bilis broth as the soup base. As a result, it is relatively easier and quicker because without the meat, you can skip the step of blanching them before cooking, or simmering the soup for some time to extract the sweetness of the meat.

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This soup is very healthy, high in calcium (thanks to the ikan bilis) and has cooling properties since winter melon is known to combat “heatiness” according to TCM. This recipe was adapted from my mum’s original winter melon soup. When she cooked this, she used plain water and later seasoned the soup with light soy sauce, but I find the soup too bland for my palate. So I thought of adding ikan bilis for a naturally flavourful and high-calcium soup base. 

Winter Melon Soup with Pork Balls Recipe

Sometimes, I add glass noodles (tang hoon) for a quick one-dish meal. This soup is quick to cook because over simmering will result in either  bitter ikan bilis broth or mushy melon (I prefer a light firmness to my melon), hence it should take only 15 minutes (20 minutes tops). Using disposable soup pouches to contain the ikan bilis saves time and effort – simply discard the pouches after cooking. The melon cubes and pork balls are all bite-sized, making this soup easy to consume.

38 comments on “Winter Melon Soup with Pork Balls”

  1. silly question, Wiffy…. do i need to clean the anchovies? discard the “head”?

  2. Very yummy homey soup! I like it too!

  3. Nice! My favourite too, reminds me of home :) The ikan bilis base is definitely new to me!

  4. Nice adaptation, and a comforting soup. I like the adding of ginger too : ).

  5. thanks. you have just made another soup easier. These tips are very handy, especialy the ikanbilis in pouch idea.

  6. Very comforting soup. I usually add pork ribs in this soup and will add pork balls next time.

  7. This looks nutritious and delicious. With some tung hoon, this would make a lovely lunch for me :D

  8. That is indeed a good idea… mmm.. ikan bilis also means there is little fat too.

  9. We have never had anchovies in the soup. Will definitely try this soon! We have home-cooked lunch delivered to office everyday and this soup is always my favorite.

  10. Hi! Tks 4 sharing. Can I know where to buy the disposable soup stock pouch?

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