Sunday, March 04, 2007

Winter Melon and Barley Soup

This is a simple and delicious soup. Barley is often used to make tasty and healthy beverages. Instead of adding sugar or honey, by adding salt and other vegetables, barley can also be used to make a nutritious soup.

Preparation: 10 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins

Ingredients (serves 4)
° 250g winter melon, removed skin and cut into small chunks
° 1 ear corn, cut into 4 pieces
° 1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1cm thickness
° 1 tablespoon holland barley, washed and drained
° 1.25 litres water
° 1 slice ginger
° salt, to taste
° pepper, to taste
° 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
° a pinch mushroom/vegetarian seasoning (optional)
° a small handful fresh coriander leaves (optional), for garnish

1. Place all the ingredients and water in a pot. Bring soup to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until the all the vegetables are tender.
2. Season to taste with salt, pepper, light soy sauce and mushroom/vegetarian seasoning.
3. Ladle the soup into individual serving bowls, garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

1. Vegetarian mock meat and chinese wolfberries can be added, if desired.

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