Wash the winter melons, and peels the skin off with a peeler to make a striped pattern. (As shown in the photo on the left).
Cut off both ends, then slice 3cm thick.
Completely remove the seeds with a spoon to hollow out the middles.
This is what a slice should look like after removing the seeds.
Place the meat and salt into a bowl and thoroughly knead until it becomes sticky.
Finely chop the onions (It tastes great with carrots and shiitake mushrooms added in as well .)
Add the onions from Step 6 to the bowl from Step 5 along with pepper, eggs, ketchup, and katakuriko.
Mix thoroughly by hand until it becomes sticky again.
Pack the meat mixture from Step 8 into the hollowed out portion of the winter melons from Step 4, mounding it up as shown. (Hold the slice in the palm of your hand to prevent the ingredients from falling out of the bottom.)
Push the meat filling in on the backside so that there are no openings around the edges, and level it out. If you have any leftover meat, use it to make meatballs and stew it together with stuffed winter melon!
Add the water and soup stock cubes to a pan or pot and bring it to a boil. Add the meat-stuffed gourds from step 10 after the soup stock cubes have dissolved, cover with a lid, and stew over low heat for 20-30 minutes.
Check the flavor of the soup, add more consomme if the flavor is weak, or add water if it is too strong. Let it sit for 10 minutes to let the flavoring soak in.
If you add quartered bok coy to the soup and simmer it briefly, the dish will look very pretty!
Serve in plates with the soup poured over everything!
Story Behind this Recipe
Our relatives gave us some green winter melons, and this is one of the dishes I came up in a flash while pondering how to use them. I stuffed them with a cabbage roll filling-style meat mixture and cooked them in soup stock!
When stuffing the winter melons with meat, make sure to stuff them in all the way to the edges. The meat will just slip out if there are any gaps. The soup will cook down differently according how high the heat is. This affects the flavor of the soup, so adjust the heat according while tasting the soup.