西瓜皮-XiGuaPi ~ Chinese Stir Fried Watermelon Rind

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The Chinese love watermelon.  They eat A LOT of watermelon.  One part of the watermelon you may have never considered eating is the rind.  Here in the US the rind of the watermelon finds its way being unwanted and left behind and tossed into the garbage.  This dish is something that you won't find in most restaurants.  It can be found in most homes during the summer months.  Unlike the western world, once the delicious inside of the watermelon has been eaten, the rind is then prepared and used to make an equally mouthwatering dish.  Stir fried watermelon rind or ChaoXiGuaPi (炒西瓜皮) as it is called in Mandarin.

It is in the simple and mundane that we can enjoy the exquisite and complex.  This rustic countryside style dish made from the rind of the watermelon, with some basic preparation and a little TLC can be transformed into a delicious Chinese dish.

The dish is accented with the flavors of ginger and fermented soy beans (douchi).  Fresh red chilies, some sweet and some spicy, to give it a little kick.  The dish is finished off with fresh scallions and splash of soy sauce. 

I made this this morning and enjoyed it together with a large bowl of plain congee or MiZhou 米粥.

Watermelon is great to eat in the summer months.  Not only because it is in season but, it has many great health benefits as well.  Watermelons are cool in nature, so they are excellent at clearing heat.  The delicious juice of the watermelon helps to nourishes the fluids of the body that may be lost to the heat of the summer.  It helps to clear the summer heat by promoting urination and help against constipation.

Try to make this delicious summertime dish to impress your friends and post the pictures of your results on my Facebook page.  I’d love to see how your Stir Fried Watermelon Rind comes out.