I love winter melon soup because i think it's v healthy and delicious ^^ here's my version:
meat (skinless chicken breasts or half a chicken or aussie pork ribs)
winter melon (one slice or wedge, seeds removed, cut into big cubes)
Gan Bei conpoy (about 4)
Gou Ji Zi wolfberries
Nan Xing Bei Xing (chinese almonds... they're called south almonds and north almonds... one of them is sweet the other is bitter but i can never rmb =P)
Wu Hua Guo dried figs (about 2-3)
best if got Jin Hua Huo Tui (premium chinese ham) but gotta get from chinese dried goods store... i don't have it today la so skip that
salt to taste
cilantro for garnish
place everything in pot, add water and simmer for 2-3 hours. if using pork ribs, you should scald them w hot water first to remove chao chao smell (which is why i don't usually use pork ribs... so ma fan).
actually i've always wanted to use big big winter melon, dig out the seeds, carve it with design and zig zag top then steam it with the ingredients inside... so cool but i don't have a steamer big enough la! haha...