Winter Melon Balls in Salted Soy Milk

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Appears in
New Beijing Cuisine

By Jereme Leung

Published 2010

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The winter melon has a pleasing neutral flavour, and because of this, it is a great vegetable to use in soups, as it absorbs the flavour of the stock and ingredients. In this dish, winter melon is poached in xian dou jiang, a creamy, savoury soy bean milk with nutty undertones.


  • Winter melon 1 kg (2 lb 3 oz)
  • Spring onions (scalli


  1. Make salted soy bean milk a day in advance. Soak soy beans in water and leave overnight. The following day, blend soy beans with water. Strain soy milk mixture using a piece of cheesecloth and discard sediment. Heat over low heat and add stock and salt, stirring continuously to prevent soy milk from burning, and until salt is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and se