The photo shows 1/2 of a winter melon. Cut it in half lengthwise, then remove the seeds and pith with a spoon.
Cut off the skin, then chop the flesh into thin slices.
Add a small amount of sesame oil (not listed) to a pot, then lightly sauté the shrimp. Once it is cooked through, add the ingredients marked ☆ and the winter melon. Simmer until tender.
Once the winter melon becomes translucent and tender, add the ingredients marked ★. Transfer to individual bowls, sprinkle with sliced leeks, and serve.
Story Behind this Recipe
Winter melon is said to be comprised of 95% water content. As a diuretic, it's good for dieters, and it's also full of potassium. I came up with this Chinese style soup so that you can absorb the full nutrients of winter melon. Boost your metabolism with a touch of ginger!
It's best to season with ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil (the ingredients marked ★) right before removing from heat.