Tonic Soup

Winter melon soup with Coix seeds (Job’s Tears) and white hyacinth beans – cleanses summer-heat evil and internal heat

29 August 2012
Winter melon soup with skin – diuretic to relieve bloating

Sweet tasting or tasteless and slightly cold-natured, traditional Chinese medicine believes winter melon has these medicinal properties: removing heat evil; relieving anxiety and quenching thirst; eliminating toxins; diuretic and relieving bloating; cleansing phlegm; relieving internal dampness, etc. For tonic soups, winter melon is preferably to be cooked with its skin because its skin is more effective in relieving bloating than its pulp.

Winter melon soup with Coix seeds (Job’s Tears) and white hyacinth beans

Serving size: 3 - 4 people


1.5 jin winter melon with skin;

1 sheet of dried lotus leaf (蓮葉);

2 liang Coix seeds (Job’s Tears 薏仁);

3 honey dates (蜜棗);

2 liang white hyacinth beans (扁豆);

10 liang pork shoulder blade bone (豬肩胛骨).


1. Slightly scald the pork shoulder blade bone in boiling water.

2. Rinse and clean all other ingredients.

3. Bring a pot of water to a boil and then add all ingredients. Bring back to the boil over high heat before turning to low heat to cook for 1.5 hours.

4. Add salt to taste and serve.

Medicinal properties:

As a diuretic, this soup tonifies the spleen and removes internal dampness. However, people in poor health and/or who suffer from cold evil and indigestion must not drink too much of it.

This is a translation of a Chinese article based on information provided by a registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner in Hong Kong. The food remedy information is for reference only; if you have any doubt, please consult a registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

Source: Translate from Mingpao