Categories: Recipes
      Date: Mar 18, 2008
     Title: Stir fry bitter melon

An unusual taste for New Orleanians, bitter melon is found in many other tropical locations—China, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Columbia, Panama—where it is often more valued for its medicinal powers. First introduced to our market by our Philippine friends, the Pampos, bitter melon is a garden staple in the Vietnamese community of New Orleans East.





To prepare sauce: In a small bowl, mix water, soy sauce, sherry, sugar, and salt. Set aside.

To prepare melon: Cut bitter melon in half and remove seeds; chop melon into small pieces. Blanch melon in boiling water for about 2 minutes (this will reduce the bitter taste), then drain.

If desired, you can also degorge the bitter melon as you would an eggplant by salting and pressing to remove bitter liquid. 

Heat a wok and add oil. When oil is hot, add garlic and stir-fry over high heat briefly or until garlic is aromatic. Add bitter melon and stir-fry over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add sauce and stir-fry over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 more minutes. Add sesame oil. Serve hot.

Serves 4

Recipe compliments of market shopper