Wintermelon barley soup

July 8, 2014


Today I am going to give you a soup recipe that you would love. Not only it tastes good, it also dispels heat toxins, removes excessive mucus/fluid in your system, hence good for those who has edema. Chinese like to use pork bones in their soup. I prefer chicken. It is up to you. Just don’t use beef  or lamb; it would defeat its medicinal purposes. 

The information below is based on the teaching of  Traditional Chinese Medicine. The statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These ingredients are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Functions: Dispels summer heat, drains dampness, clear damp heat, stops coughing (due to heat pathogen).

Helps reducing edema, urinary retention, coughing due to lung heat with yellow/greenish phlegm. 



Functions: Drains dampness, tonifies the stomach and spleen

Helps reducing edema, dispel inflammation and infection, dispels pus. 



Half wintermelon. Peeled and cut into 2” chunks

20g Barley needs to be soaked with hot water prior to cooking, for about an hour. Room temperature water, overnight. Those who have chronic diarrhea/loose stool can dry fry the barley (till slightly brown) prior to soaking. 

1 whole chicken or pork bones

5 pieces of dry figs

5 slices of ginger

a pot of water 

some salt


If you prefer to use a crockpot, add in all the ingredients and slow cook in low for 8 hours.


If you prefer to use the stove, add in all the ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer in medium low heat for 2 hours. 


Do not use fillets to make soup. The bones are good for you. They add flavors to the soup too. And also do not add in cheese or dairy. It would just spoil the whole thing. And please, pretty please, do not add in soy sauce. It is meant to be a very light, clear broth. Eat the melon and barley also. 


Those who are menstruating should avoid this soup, unless 3 times more of the amount of ginger is added. 


This soup is perfect for summer time. Or when you are going through some inflammation or infection: acne, skin rashes, cold sore. Or for those who constantly have bad breath would benefit from it too. 


Bon Appétit!

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