Our local market had bitter melon on sale for .99/lb. the other day and I bought two. Tonight I made a stir fry for dinner.
Bitter melon looks like a wrinkled cucumber. The taste is one that you must get used to as it is like the name implies, very bitter. My family loves the unusual sensation in your mouth of cool and bitter. To learn more of this tasty little gourd, Click Here
The following recipe is from my Mom:
2 bitter melons, sliced down the middle with the pithy part and seeds removed, then sliced each half into slices
1/2 lb. of sliced beef steak
1 medium onion, sliced
3 large garlic cloves minced
salt and pepper to taste
Slice the beef into small slices and marinate in a bowl with 3 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tsp. cornstarch, pinch of sugar, pinch of pepper. Set aside
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp sugar
ground pepper to taste
Heat a wok until very hot (you can substitute a heavy large frying pan). Add a tsp. of vegetable oil and the sliced bitter melon. Stir fry a minute and add a tbsp of water. Stir fry another minute or two and remove to a large bowl.
Add two tablespoons of oil into the wok. Add the garlic and onions and stir fry quickly until garlic browns. Add the beef slices and stir fry until meat is no longer red. Return the bitter melon back to the wok and add the brown sauce. Stir fry until sauce bubbles and thickens. Remove into the large bowl.
Serve with white rice.
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