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Hairy Mellon Soup

Soups and Congees

Hairy Mellon Soup

½ pound hairy melon, peel
discarded, flesh cut into two-inch pieces or smaller
1 chicken thigh, bones and skin discarded (optional)
3 slices fresh ginger, slivered
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
5 chicken or vegetarian bouillon cubes
5 dried Chinese mushrooms, soaked, caps discarded, and slivered
2 carrots, peeled and slivered
1 pound silken doufu, cubed then smashed
1/4 teaspoon each ground white and black pepper

1. Prepare hairy melon, chicken, ginger, and garlic and mix them with six cups of boiling water and the bouillon cubes, hen reduce the heat and simmer for ten minutes.
2. Now add the mushroom and carrot pieces and simmer for an additional hour, then add the doufu and both ground pepper. Simmer another fifteen minutes, then serve.

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