Winter Melon with Swallow Nest Soup

by Golden Nest Inc

Ingredients :

  • Chicken, ham, and pork bones broth cooked for 4 to 5 hours
  • Winter melon
  • Squid
  • Telosma cordata
  • Steamed dried scallops
  • Dried shiitake mushrooms
  • Peeled shrimp
  • Double-boiled Golden Nest


  1. Heat up the broth and peel the winter melon.
  2. Try to cut in deep enough because if there is more fiber in the outer parts of the winter melon skin, it will make the paste coarser.
  3. Remove the inside parts of the melon then cut the winter melon as thin as possible.
  4. After the broth is boiling, put the winter melon and cook until the winter melon becomes translucent and tender for about 15 minutes.
  5. Prepare the squid and mushroom while the winter melon is cooking, 
  6. Wash the squid, remove the skin, and slice them.
  7. Wash the mushrooms, remove the stem and slice them.
  8. Turn the heat off and use an immersion blender to blend the winter melon.
  9. Turn the heat on and add mushrooms slices, squid slices, dried scallops, and shrimp. 
  10. Stir occasionally, the shrimp should be done when the soup starts boiling.
  11. Make a “Winter melon bowl” from the remainder of the winter melon to hold the final dish.
  12. Add a pinch of salt and telosma cordata at the end when the soup is already boiling and stir it.
  13. Pour the soup into the “Winter melon bowl”, add the Golden Nest Premium White Bird's Nest while they’re hot and stir.

Notes :

  • It’s easy to buy telosma cordata at wet markets during the summer.
  • Prepare the dried scallops by washing and steaming them for about 1 hour.
  • Soak the shiitake mushrooms in water to soften them before slicing.
  • To make the “Winter melon bowl”, cut off the bottom of the winter melon to make it flat so it can stand easily, cut out the concave parts with a spoon layer by layer.