Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Shark's Fin Melon Soup with Sweet Corn 鱼刺瓜玉米汤

Both my kids have rather different taste. Usually if one like a soup, chances are, the other doesn't. *faint* Although, I still force ask them to drink it whether they like it or not (cos I spend hours making them), I'll still continue to experiment to get just an additional soup that both will like.

My son loves Shark's Fin Melon soup, so you guess it. My daughter doesn't. I tweaked my original recipe little by adding corn here for the sweetness.

Results ... I don't have to force her to drink it but she didn't quite like it either. Haiz .... Maybe, you'll like this version?

  • 1.2 litre Water
  • 800g Shark’s Fin Melon, skin and seeds removed and cut into chunks
  • 250g pork ribs
  • 8 red dates
  • 1 piece Dried Octopus
  • a handful Wolfberries
  • 1 Sweet Corn, cut to chunks
  • Salt to taste

How to do it:
  1. Blanch pork ribs.
  2. Add all ingredients except wolfberries and salt to a pot of water.
  3. Bring it to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and continue to simmer for another 3 hours.
  5. Add wolfberries 30 minutes before cooking ends
  6. Add salt to taste.
  7. Serve.


  1. Wow! That is pretty much how mum would make this soup too! Sometimes it's a beany type one and she would put black-eyed beans in the soup. I like eating the corn! ;0)

  2. PlumLeaf, Thanks. Oh! Adding black-eye beans in it? Got to try that next time. Thanks for the suggestion. ^^

  3. Hi, can you share with me how to handle the sharkfin melon to get it in such nice shredded form? Is it the way to cut the melon at certain angle? Thank you.

  4. @Linda, I always buy the melon already sliced (like a watermelon). I peel off the skin and chop it straight in equal large chunks so the 'shreds' will be long. Because I removed the skin, the melon will break into smaller pieces when it's soften. Hope this helps.

  5. Hey, can you tell me how do we blanch the pork?

  6. Have pot of boiling water ready and add the pork to let cook for 5 to 10 minutes depending on the amount and size of the pork. After that, just remove the pork and rinse to remove the scum on the pork. That's all. :)

  7. Hi,
    Do u remove skin and seed at the same time?