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Bitter Melon. Please discuss.

My doctor recommends bitter melon as a healthy food. So far, I've salted a la eggplant, let drain a while, then simmered in water a while, then added to a stir fry. Not bad. Edible. Well, my husband's portion mostly went on my salad for lunch the next day. What am I missing?

asked by Nora about 4 years ago
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added about 4 years ago

Also check Chinese sources -- classic for soup.

added about 4 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion. I can imagine it in s hot spicy broth with lots of other things!

added about 4 years ago

Nora, I was thinking of winter melon, but a quick check gave me some cookbook links for bitter melon:
(disregard the last one -- it doesn't seem relevant)

added about 4 years ago

It is wonderful sliced and sauteed with a bunch of garlic the way my mom does it. I'm salivating just thinking of it. Alternatively, she'll wok it in a bit of oil, broken-up Chinese salted eggs, and a couple small dried red chili peppers. The salty eggs is a great contrast to the bitter melon. I've seen bitter melon with black bean sauce as well but am not a great fan of that prep. BM is definitely somewhat of an acquired taste. My sister and I couldn't stand it when we were kids and now we fight for cold leftovers.

added about 4 years ago

I've also soaked sliced pieces in lime juice before cooking to remove some of its bitter flavor. It is delicious cooked with chorizo and egg (scrambled all together).