Seeing the winter melons brought back memories of childhood. My mother often used winter melon and salted daikon to make a simple soup. This is a favourite Teochiu soup for the hot summer months and is also reckoned to be good for heat stroke. The physiological principle must indeed be similar to that of ORT, but it has the advantage of not needing any added sugar.
Water melon is also used to prepare an elaborate dish called “water melon vessel”, which continues to feature in major Chinese banquets. To prepare this dish, first cut off the top of the water melon and retain this as the lid. Then scoop out the centre of the melon and the shell serves as a container in which to steam the ingredients. The ingredients include: water melon cubes, prawns or crabmeat, pork, mushrooms etc. The secret is the stock, which has to be made with the best chicken and
The surprise of the visit is the discovery of a fruit hitherto unknown to me. It is not pretty to look at but the flesh inside has such a lovely orange colour, in fact not all that different to the colour of loquat.
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