How to Make a Delicious Winter Melon and Shrimp Soup Perfect for Kids?

Q: Can I use frozen shrimp instead of fresh shrimp for this recipe?
A: Yes, you can use frozen shrimp. Just ensure they are fully thawed before cooking.

Q: Is it necessary to add pork in this recipe?
A: The pork (five-spice pork) adds flavor, but you can omit it if you prefer a lighter version.

Q: What’s the purpose of adding a little sugar to the soup?
A: A touch of sugar balances the flavors, enhancing the natural sweetness of the winter melon and shrimp.

Winter Melon and Shrimp Soup


  • Winter melon, 500g
  • Shrimp, 300g
  • Ginger, 4 slices
  • Scallion, 1 small piece
  • Cooking wine, 1 tablespoon
  • Reduced-salt soy sauce for babies, 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar, a pinch
  • Salt, a pinch
  • Five-spice pork, a few slices (optional)
  • Mineral water, as needed
  • Coriander, for garnish
  1. Prepare the ingredients: 300g live shrimp, 500g winter melon, and a couple of scallions and coriander stems.
  2. Clean the shrimp by removing the heads and shells, leaving the tails intact for easy handling by kids. Freeze the shrimp for about 1 hour beforehand.
  3. Peel and cut the winter melon into even small pieces.
  4. In a cold pan, add the slices of five-spice pork and fry until slightly golden and oily. (Optional)
  5. Once the oil is hot, add the scallion and ginger to release their aroma.
  6. Quickly stir-fry the shrimp until they turn red.
  7. Add the winter melon and stir-fry briefly. Add a few drops of reduced-salt soy sauce for babies, stirring well.
  8. Pour in enough mineral water and simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and sugar before removing from the heat.
  9. Transfer the cooked winter melon and shrimp soup to a serving dish, and garnish with chopped scallion and coriander. Enjoy the rich aroma!
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  • Rich in protein from shrimp
  • Low in calories and fat
  • Provides hydration and fiber from winter melon
  • Customizable salt level, suitable for kids