There are many benefits of eating bitter melon, Asian likes to stir fry them or add into their soup.
If you are not living in Asia, you can probably find them in your local Asian supermarket where I found mine. I like stir frying the with eggs or add them into my soup. We enjoy any sort of pork ribs soups, if you do not eat pork, you may substitute the pork ribs with chicken (not fillet/breast, must comes with bones in order to add flavour into the soup).
Ingredients (for 2 persons):
- 1 small bitter melon – cut into half, seed removed and cut about 1 inch in length. Degorge the bitter melon by sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of sale over them and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse before use.
- 1 carrot, skin removed and cut into chunks
- 6-9 dried red dates
- 1 dried honey date
- 10 pork ribs
- 1/3 of Knorr pork/chicken dense soup cube or your home made chicken/pork stock (optional)
Add 1 litre of water into a pot together with the bitter melon, carrot, red dates and honey date. Let it boil. At the same time, in a separate pot, boil some water and blanch the ribs for 1 minute. Note that only add the ribs into the blanching water after it’s boiling.
Remove the ribs from the blanching pot and add them into the bitter melon pot. Throw away the blanching water, we don’t need it anymore. Reduce the heat and let it simmer (very soft to almost no boiling temperature) for an hour or more if you have the time.
Serve in bowl as starter or along with your meal. I like chopped garlic + light soy sauce as my dipping sauce for the ribs/chicken.