|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 3 to 4|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||10%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||9%|
|Total Sugars 11g|
|Vitamin C 63mg||315%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Bitter melon tastes, just as the name suggests, bitter. Pairing it with a salty, sweet, and spicy sauce of garlic, chile, soy sauce, rice wine, and a pinch of sugar helps to tame and balance out the bitterness. Dried shrimp add a burst of umami flavor and nice texture. You'll find dried shrimp in Asian markets; it can also be ordered online.
Bitter melon is commonly used in Chinese, Indian, and Southeast Asian cooking. Depending on how it is prepared, it can be soft or crisp. This recipe leaves the vegetable crisp-tender for a delicious side dish that goes well with a range of dishes. Serve stir-fried bitter melon with your favorite main dish like beef chow fun, chicken chop suey, or five spice-baked tofu.
2 small-sized green bitter melons, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons oil , for stir-frying
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 seeded and finely-chopped chile
2 tablespoons dried shrimp, softened in water and drained
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon demerara sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon rice wine
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Cut the ends off the bitter melon and cut in half lengthwise (do not peel).
Remove the seeds and pith from the middle of the melon with a small spoon.
Cut the melon diagonally into 1/4-inch slices.
Heat up oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Stir fry garlic and chile until the fragrance releases.
Add the dried shrimp and stir-fry for 10 seconds.
Add bitter melon and 1 tablespoon water. Stir-fry for a couple of minutes.
Add the soy sauce, sugar, salt, and rice wine and stir-fry for 1 minute.
Serve hot and enjoy!
- There are two main varieties of bitter melon. Chinese bitter melon is green while Taiwanese bitter melon is white and tends to be softer in texture and more bitter in flavor.
- Bitter melon skin is edible, so don't worry about peeling it before cooking.
- When shopping for bitter melon, look for veggies that are vibrant in color without soft or dark spots.
- When stir-frying it's best to keep the food moving as you cook since the pan is very hot. This will help the food cook evenly.
- If you don't have a wok cook this dish in a large, tall skillet. Avoid non-stick since it doesn't hold up well over high heat.
- This recipe can technically be made without the dried shrimp, however, it won't have the same flavor.
- If you don't have dried shrimp, try making a simple bitter melon stir-fry or pair the vegetable with pork for a main dish.