How to cook Bitter Melon/Bitter Gourd with Pork Stuffing
How to cook Bitter melon is a question that a lot of us asks themselves… How to reduce its bitterness and make it eatable? Here are our tips!
The Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd, also known as Bitter Cucumber belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae. This Indian fruit, almost unknown among western countries, but commonly consumed in Africa, Asia or South America, differs in shape and in level of bitterness. Once you over come its sharp bitterness, the Bitter Melon will bring you a lot of benefits as well as a nice flavour: used in curry and paired with Coconut and Yogurt in India, served in soup in China, or deep fried in Japan, the Bitter Gourd is praised by alternative medecines as a cancer fighter and a diabete reducer.
- 2 bitter melon (preferably pale green if you are not accustomed to it)
- 15g bean thread noodles
- A hand of dried black fungus
- 200g ground pork
- 1 egg
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 bunch of coriander, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- salt and pepper teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- Chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
- some thai basil
- 4 scallions
HOW TO COOK BITTER MELON with Stuffing
How to cook Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd, also known as Bitter Cucumber? Well you first need a high level of Bitterness tolerance! Choose preferably the pale cucumbers, whith less relief. If you only find the dark green ones, then you might want to scrap it to reduce its bitterness. Cut lenghtwise, deep enough but not going through the cucumber, and scoop out the grains using a spoon.
Soak it entirely in salt for at least 30 minutes to diminish its bitterness. Then squeeze out the green juice (you can try to drink, it’s supposed to be the best Diabete Fighter etc, it but it’s the most bitterjuice you’ve ever taste), and rince it thoroughly under water to remove excess of salt.
To reduce its strong taste, we paired it with a flavorful and slightly sweet stuffing made out of pork, mushrooms, noodles, fish sauce and coriander.
Soak both the noodles and the mushrooms separately 10 minutes in boiling water, then cut the noodles into strips of 5 cm and chop the mushrooms.
Mix together the pork, noodles, mushrooms, egg, coriander, salt, sugar, pepper, fish sauce and mix well. Stuff the Bitter Melons.
Trick: once stuffed, you can close your Bitter Melon with the green of an spring onion, just blanched 2 minutes in water.
We realized a broth out of chicken stock, soy sauce and herbs such as thai basil. I encourage you to follow your own taste here. Once it’s boiling, plunge delicately your bitter gourds and let them cook 20-25 minutes.
Serve cut in three, with a bit of broth. You can springle some fresh coriander on top of it. Try it out!
This recipe comes from our Video about Biodiversity and Strange Vegetables! Check here 7 Boring Vegetables and their sexy Siblings!