Remove seeds and fiber from the winter melon. Peel and chop into bite-sized pieces.
In a large saucepan, add enough water to cover the winter melon pieces and the seasonings. Add the winter melon pieces and simmer until soft.
Set aside. When the pieces have slightly cooled down, chill in the fridge. Top with finely julienned ginger right before serving.
You can actually eat winter melon with the skin on. I thought it might be nice to keep some of the skin, so that's what I did.
Story Behind this Recipe
In my family, it was natural to eat winter melon chilled.
Because the size for winter melons varies, adjust the amount of seasonings accordingly. Taste the broth and season it as if you're making a properly-seasoned clear soup. You could add mirin if you'd like. Even if you don't simmer this for a long time, the flavor will soak into the melon if it is chilled.