I didn’t know “shibui-jiru” before I got married with my husband from Okinoerabu, a southern island in Japan.”Shibui” means winter melon in the dialect of his island, and “jiru” means soup. Soup using winter melon is quite popular in Amami and Okinawa islands.
Since I met this soup, I came to make it every summer. Indeed, winter melon is effective to cool down the body heat.
Ingredients: 1/2 winter melon, 300g chiken thigh, 5 dried shiitake mushrooms, sake, mirin, soy sauce, salt
- Soak dried shiitake mushrooms until soft and slice them. Do not throw away the water used to soften the mushrooms, which will be added in the pot later.
- Peel and cut winter melon.
- Cut chicken thigh.
- Put all ingredients in the pot. Add water and boil until they become soft.
- Flavor with sake, mirin, soy sauce and salt.