There was a story about Sir Shiu-kin Tang, one of the tycoons in the old Hong Kong. It said that he loved going to the West Villa Restaurant and before his visit, he would ask his maids to deliver soup ingredients to the restaurant so when he arrived he could enjoy the soup immediately. Apart from ordinary ingredients, one of the ingredients he loved adding was honeydew melon. As it’s not a common thing to make soup with melon, when the restaurant listed this soup on the menu, it became a popular soup among curious customers.
There are various versions of the story and its recipe. But what concerned us most is: making soup by HONEYDEW MELON? What is it like? In this article we are going to share our experience and here comes the spoiler: it’s super delicious and we recommend you to try!
花膠爵士湯 Sir’s Deluxe Soup
The majority of the ingredients are ordinary except adding honeydew melon in the last 30 mins
Honeydew melon goes so well with the soup. It has a fresh fragrance of melon and some fruity sweetness which is definitely loved by young or senior.
We also made stir-fried rice noodles with beef to go with the soup
Ingredients include half a honeydew melon, a chicken, pork bones, dried whelk head (soaked overnight), a dried fish maw (soaked)
Also some optional ingredients: dried scallops, dried tangerine peel and lion’s mane. We used them just for clearing stock in our home
Regarding preparing dried fish maw before using it, you may refer to our previous cooking record of dried fish maw with milk
Slice the whelk, soak the dried scallops, tangerine peel and lion’s mane
We need to peel off the inner skin of tangerine peel before use
Put the ingredients in a stock pot together with slices of ginger
Put the chicken and pork bones in cold water, switch on low heat
After awhile scum emerges
Wash away the scum
Put the chick and pork bones and also water in the stock pot. Boil under medium high heat for half an hour
Switch to low heat for 2 hours
We can now peel of the skin of the honeydew melon and chop it into pieces
Filter away the oil on the surface after 2.5 hours of cooking
Add the melon and dried fish maw and cook it for hour and hour more
Actually we should have cut the fish maw into pieces for easier eating. We left it intact for taking fancier photos lol
Salt the soup and done!
2 more recommendations on mouth watering soup. This first one is this fieldcress and blotched snakehead soup. You can put dumplings in this soup and that’s already a perfect meal
Chicken broth with fish maw. A very nice soup for treating your guests