Top Rated Bitter Melon Recipes

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morgainegeiser
An interesting island dish.
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Chichi Wang
If I were to write the Nasty Bits column for vegetables, bitter melon would be at the top of my list of underappreciated vegetables that take some getting used to. Though most of the squash or melon we eat possess a light and sweet flavor, there is nothing mild about bitter melon. True to its name, the squash is unabashedly bitter, with an acerbic taste that leaves your tongue and the roof of your mouth dry. The exterior of the melon is riddled with wart-like bumps; the interior resembles any other melon with a cluster of foamy seeds in the center. The cooked texture of bitter melon, like that of zucchini, is palatable, albeit uneventful. Why, then, eat such an offensively flavored melon? Precisely because its bitterness, at times almost unbearable, is unique and memorable. Many Asian culinary traditions, not to mention those in Central and South America, embrace bitter melon. The Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Filipino, and so forth, counter the bitterness of the fruit with spicy, sweet, or savory components. In Indonesia, bitter melon is used in salads, stir-fried, cooked in coconut milk, or steamed. The Vietnamese stuff the melon with ground pork for use in steamed dishes or soup. Thai cooks combine powerful birds eye chilies with the melon, using generous splashes of fish sauce as well. In China, cooks often stir-fry slices of the melon with pungent fermented black beans and ground pork, adding dried red chilies to taste. To select bitter melons that are on the mild side of bitter, look for whiter or more yellowed exteriors that contain deep red seeds inside. The more immature the squash, the greener and more bitter it will be. Though you can stir-fry almost anything spicy, savory, and sweet with the squash, I like to pair the vegetable with at least one savory component, such as fermented black beans or belacan (fermented shrimp paste), as well as something spicy, such as bird's eye chilies or jalapenos. Adding a few teaspoons of sugar to the stir-fry helps tame the bitterness of the squash. On a hot summer's day, Chinese cooks will allude to the "cooling" quality of the squash. Medicinal properties aside, stir-fried melon is a refreshing dish that's worth looking into, even if it takes an acquired palate to appreciate. Stir-fried Bitter Melon with Ground Pork, Fermented Black Beans and Fish Sauce
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Chef #705350
This is a tasty and nutritious recipe that moderates, but does not eliminate, the bitterness of bitter melon. Bitter melon, like cinnamon, reduces insulin resistance, and according to a number of studies (just google "bitter melon") may help prevent certain types of cancer. I put this recipe together so I could have bitter melon in a dinner main dish.
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kusum gupta
As the name suggests, karela are bitter but are known to have therapeutic value, especially for those suffering from diabetes. When tomatoes and other vegetables are mixed with it, the bitterness is reduced. Traditionally people first scrape karela and remove the hard skin. Then they rub salt in them and let them rest for about 1 hour. Then they squeeze out bitter water before using. Karela can be used with any meal or in a sandwich or pita bread. You may prepare them in advance, and refrigerate or freeze them. Or you may freeze uncooked karela. Buy them fresh, when in season, and rinse, trim, and cut them before freezing.
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Steamed Stuffed Bitter Melon recipe. Ready In: 50 min. Makes 2 servings 627 per serving Ingredients: ---, pork, water chestnuts, ginger root, scallions, spring or green onions, shaoxing wine, salt, sugar, soy sauce, egg, cornstarch, melon, ---, peanut oil, garlic, black beans, shaoxing wine, chicken broth, salt, cornstarch, sesame oil
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Lloyd-Fred
My research indicates that this recipe originated with Chef Ken Hom. It was pubished in his excellent (out of print) book Chinese Technique, which deserves republication. It is one of my favorite things, and I always make it when I can find bitter melons. They are not always easy to find. Try it, you will like it.
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lola
Bitter melon adds a unique flavor to this pork and prawn stir-fry dish.
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AM1408
This soup is loaded bitter melon rings that are filled to the brim with seasoned ground pork.
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cholena
There must be a balance in everything we eat or do . That explains why we should have this dish , esp when baking lotsa cakes at home . Bitter melon is among the most bitter of all vegetables and it stimulates digestion too . The original home of the species is not known, other than that it is a native of the tropics. It is widely grown in South and Southeast Asia, China, Africa, and the Caribbean.
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mommylotte
A good way to cook bitter melon ...
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lola
Try this vegetable relish featuring bitter melon, eggplant, carrot, green chile peppers, onion, ginger, and garlic on the side to add flavor to any dish.
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