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Pork and Winter Melon Soup

1/4 lb Lean pork
1 lb Winter melon
6 c Stock (see recipe) or water
1 ts Salt
1 Egg

Cut pork in 1/2-inch cubes. Cut winter melon in 1-inch cubes, discarding rind and seeds.

Place pork, winter melon and stock in a saucepan. Bring slowly to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 30 minutes.

3. Stir in salt. Beat egg, and stir in quickly. Remove from heat.

VARIATIONS: For the pork, substitute raw chicken or smoked ham, diced, or 1/4 cup dried shrimp (soaked).

In step 2, add 3 dried black mushrooms (soaked), diced; or 5 Water chestnuts, diced.

In step 2, bring stock to a boil first; then add pork and winter melon. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes.

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