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Winter Melon Soup

Winter Melon Soup
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Ingredient

  • 6 medium dried black mushrooms1 
  • whole chicken breast (about 1 pound) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound winter melon
  • 1/4 pound fully cooked smoked ham
  • 1/2 cup sliced canned bamboo shoots
  • 4 cups chicken broth (see Soups)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white peppers


Method

Soak mushrooms in hot water about 20 minutes or until soft; drain. Rinse in warm water; drain. Squeeze out excess moisture. Remove and discard stems; cut caps into 1/4-inch pieces.

Remove bones and skin from chicken; cut chicken into 1/2-inch pieces. Toss chicken, cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate 20 minutes.

Remove rind, seeds and fibers from melon. Cut melon into 1/2-inch pieces. Cut ham and bamboo shoots into 1/2-inch pieces.

Heat broth to boiling in 3-quart saucepan. Add mushrooms, melon and bamboo shoots; heat to boiling. Stir in chicken and ham. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt and the white pepper.