1 fuzzy melon (mao gua) - peeled and cut into chunks
few pieces of pork ribs - blanched in boiling water
4 shitake mushrooms - soaked, drained and cut into quarters
12 red dates
2 dried scallops
5 dried mussels
2 slices of ginger
8 white peppercorns - pounded
2 cloves garlic - lightly smashed
1 tbsp rice wine
salt to taste
5 - 6 bowls of water
- Bring the pot of water to boil. Add all ingredients except mao gua, rice wine and salt and bring to a boil again.
- Once it starts boiling, simmer under medium low heat for 45 minutes.
- Add mao gua and boil for another 10 minutes under medium heat or until mao gua is tender but not mushy.
- Add rice wine and salt to taste. Ladle into a serving bowl and serve hot.