Winter melon, also known as Ash Gourd, or togan in Japanese, is a gourd has a green skin and is white inside. The gourd has a very bland taste, but when cooked in a soup or with a stir fry it absorbs and complements the taste of the food. Winter melon soup has a soft texture and is very refreshing to eat- and in Japan, winter melon stir fries are very popular in the summertime.
I love togan in soup, even on a hot day, because the togan is moist and absorbs the flavors of the soup, it’s a very unique and delicious vegetable and I recommend you give it a try.
This is a wonderful soup if you like mushrooms- the togan soaks up the bacon flavor and complements the taste of mushrooms.