Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Cold Thai Style Watermelon Soup

_DSC0310What…ever! My reaction after reading the newspaper article that the city of Portland didn’t make the top 10 snobby cities in US. We’re just outside of it, in the 11th spot as measured by Travel and Leisure. So lame. Where did we go wrong? We worked hard for this..sob. Darn you San Francisco! That kidding aside, not-snobbish-enough Portland will keep the prize of being weird for now._DSC0249

The price of watermelon in Japan is anywhere from $20 –$30 each. Toward the end of Summer prices come down quite a bit to like $10 or less and that’s a bargain. Amazon Japan also sells watermelon on line, how about that ?Kumamoto is the number one watermelon producing prefecture and their watermelon is cultivated in green houses. Sapporo's Densuke watermelon is famous for tense sweetness. In 2007 someone bid and bought 1 Densuke watermelon for nearly $7,000 at auction. Whoever it was must be a snob and not from Portland! 

The coconut cream changes the red soup into pumpkin color. It’s a bit defeating but coconut cream make the flavor – wholesome and a tad sweet. Perfect for a hot Summer day.   

Thai Style Cold Watermelon soup – yields about 4 cups _DSC0245

  • 5 cups seedless watermelon. Remove rind, cut in chunks_DSC0250
  • 1 stalk of fresh lemongrass. Peel the outer layer of stalk and trim the bottom end then mince about 5 inches of lower part
  • 1 good size shallot  finely minced (roughly 4 Tablespoons)
  • Young fresh ginger roots finely minced (about 2 Tablespoons)
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 small hot Thai chili – seeds removed and chopped small_DSC0259
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons peanuts oil
  • 1 cup coconut cream (not coconut milk)
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Heat oil in large sauce pan and sauté lemongrass, shallot, ginger, garlic and Thai chili until garlic develops a pale brown color at low heat.
  2. Add watermelon and simmer at medium heat until watermelon has mostly broken down - 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat then puree the watermelon mixture with a hand held blender.
  4. Add coconut cream, lime juice and combine well. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Strain the soup through sieve, press to extract all the flavors. Chill in the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Add more lime juice, salt or pepper if necessary.

Variation – Put 1/2 cup of crab in a bowl. Mix with 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or lime juice and add some lemon or lime rind. Combine well. Top the soup with the crab. Garnish with cilantro leaves or basil leaves for color._DSC0306_DSC0313We had the soup with homemade rosemary focaccia bread.

My husband made panna cotta from the left over coconut cream. Good move!_DSC0319


I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day. We enjoyed neighborhood fireworks at night. And on television. _DSC0237

Precious purple flowers blooming in neighbor’s garden. My husband went over and took photos. What it’s name? I dunno…George?_DSC0304_DSC0300

Lovely garden reception and a picture perfect couple! We have known the bride since she was a baby. I was impressed by the stylish decorations throughout the property. This wooden frame was hung from a tree like a window. I wish I brought the camera…Honey, give me your iPhone…tell me again, is this the button to take photo?image8.jpeg






  1. Your watermelon soup is gorgeous. I love the crab meat you added in here as well. Wow, I know fruit in Japan is expensive...but didn't know it's THAT expensive. I always wanted to visit Japan again....guess I better save up more spending $$$ before doing so! hahaha...

    1. Thank you Amy for your comment. We're working on $$$ also to go Japan, hopefully next year.
      I tried your fruit tart. We love it!

  2. Never know there's possibly water melon soup,
    tempting to try,
    btw, what kind of other protein that suits within this recipes???

    1. I would recommend lobster meat. For some reason, sea foods work best in this soup. Thank you for your comment. I enjoyed your food blog - very inspiring.

  3. フルーツが高くて高くて・・・カリフォルニアのジューシーなフルーツを思いっきり食べたいです。ブルーベリーも帰ったら4カップくらいいっぺんに食べたい!!スイカも高いですね。北海道の帰りに空港で見ました!真っ黒のスイカ。初めて見たんです、私。高さと真っ黒さにびっくりしました。おいしそうなスープ。日本ではフルーツの入ったもの、高いので、これも贅沢な料理ですね~。あー食べたい!あ、ポートランド、残念でしたね。サンフランシスコにいますが、私、ポートランドには一度行きましたが、大好きです。

    1. そのスイカ食べてみたい!評判だけど、まだ黒い西瓜の経験なし。 写真撮った? コメントありがとう!

  4. It's one of the most unusual soups I have ever seen (maybe the most unusual actually). I love coconut, Thai dishes and I have a big passion for watermelon, but I would never ever think of combining these ingredients. It looks luscious and I love the colour it takes. Fascinating!

    1. Thank you Sissi. The watermelon soup sounds not so appealing but actually quite good...my husband said so-so. He is not a really soup buy.

  5. How unusual! Love your photos as usual!! I love the photo of the bride and groom through the picture frame.