24 December 2015

Stewed Winter Melon

Chinese name: 红烧冬瓜 (hóng shāo dōng guā)
Characteristics: Stewed Winter Melon tastes salty and fresh.

Just as the name implies, Stewed Winter Melon is mainly made of winter melon, a very healthy vegetable. It contains multiple vitamins and trace elements necessary for the human body. Being cold in nature, it is very helpful for supplementing the body fluid and clearing the stomach fire. It also can encourage the starch and sugar in human body to change into heat energy instead of fat.
Stewed Winter Melon

fresh winter melon, 250 g

Clean the winter melon after being peeled. Cut into thick pieces (if too thin, it will be burnt to a frazzle easily) and put into a plate.
Preparation for Stewed Winter Melon

chopped ginger
chopped green onion
garlic slices
wet cornstarch
soy sauce
Note: the amount of the seasonings listed above can be appropriately used according to one's personal taste.
Seasonings of Stewed Winter Melon


  Step 1: Put the wok on high heat and add in 3/4 wok of water. Add in winter melon pieces when the water is boiling. Boil it for 1 minute until it turns soft. Remove it from the wok and put into a basin.
Boil the Winter Melon Pieces

  Step 2: Find a small basin or dish. Add in some salt, soy sauce, chopped green onion and ginger, garlic slices as well as the wet cornstarch. Stir it well with the teaspoon for later use.
Season the Jiuce

  Step 3: Pour away the water in the wok, and place the wok over high heat until hot. Add some cooking oil, swirling to coat sides. Add in the prepared seasoning juice from the above step and stir-fry for 20 seconds until fragrant. Pour in the boiled winter melon pieces and stir-fry for 1 minute until the flavor is absorbed.
Stir-fry Wnter Melon

Turn off the heat. Ladle the delicious Stewed Winter Melon out of the wok and serve it into a fine porcelain plate.
Stewed Winter Melon Completed