Bitter Melon 4 Ways

Bitter Melon is traditionally a Chinese vegetable, I seldom buy bitter melon because I don't really know how to handle it.  This week I came across these organic version from Magic Season Organic and it totally blow my mind.  It makes a huge difference with the taste of the vegetable when it is grown by whole hearted organic farmers.  Farm land from Qing Yuan, China with 18 years of experience, Alvin and his family grow some amazing delicious sweet vegetables.  With these nice veggies, I am determine to do some research to find some fun ways to handle this very Chinese ingredient with a western twist. 

 

1. Bitter Melon Sautéed w. Pancetta

Ingredients:

115g or 1 cup chopped Pancetta

1 medium sized Bitter Melon

2 cloves of garlic chopped

Directions:

To prepare bitter melon, cut into half, remove seeds and cut into slices

In a pot of boiling water, 3 cups of water, add 1 teaspoon of salt.

Blanch bitter melon for 1 minute or until water comes to a boil again. 

Drain Bitter melon and reserve for later use.

In a medium, dry, non stick sauté pan with medium heat, sauté Pancetta until golden brown.

Add drained Bitter melon and sauté for 2-3 minutes until melon soaks up the fat and juice from Pancette.

Serve over a bed of pasta or eat with rice!  Yummy!

 

2. Bitter Melon scrambled with Eggs and Prawns

Ingredients:

1 small Bitter melon

2 large eggs

8-10 prawns

1/4 teaspoons of ground white pepper

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Directions:

To prepare bitter melon, cut into half, remove seeds and cut into bite size slices

In a pot of boiling water, 3 cups of water, add 1 teaspoon of salt.

Blanch bitter melon for 1 minute or until water comes to a boil again. 

Drain Bitter melon and reserve for later use.

Marinade prawns with salt and white pepper

Crack and scrambled the eggs in a bowl

In a medium heat non stick sauté pan, add olive oil.

Add prawns and cook for 1 minute until starting to pink.

Add blanched bitter melon and sauté for 2 minutes

Add eggs and cook for another 1 minute for medium eggs.

Serve hot and Enjoy!

 

3. Bitter melon Salad with Sesame dressing and chopped peanuts

Ingredients:

1 light green bitter melon 

3 tablespoons Japanese Sesame dressing

1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Directions:

To prepare bitter melon, cut into half, remove seeds and cut into very thin slices

In a pot of boiling water, 3 cups of water, add 1 teaspoon of salt.

Blanch bitter melon for 1 minute or until water comes to a boil again. 

Drain Bitter melon and immediately place into a bowl of ice and mix with ice until melon is completely chilled.

Drip dry melon and place on a dish.

Drizzle with Sesame dressing and topped with chopped peanuts.

Refreshing dish for a hot summer day!

 

4. Vegetable Thai Curry with Bitter Melon

Ingredients:

1 medium sized Bitter Melon

2 cloves of garlic chopped

1 small green chilly pepper (can substitute with any veggies on hand) 

1 corn on the cob

8 or 50g prawns (can substitute with chicken or tofu)

1 tablespoon of Thai green or red curry

1 cup or 8oz of coconut milk 

1 teaspoon of fish sauce to taste

Directions:

To prepare bitter melon, cut into half, remove seeds and cut into bite size chunks

Cut kernels from the corn husk, and place in a bowl

Cut Peppers or other vegetables into small bite sizes 

In a medium size pot, with medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil, sauté garlic until fragrant.

Add Curry paste and sauté until fragrant or lightly smoky.

Starting with the hardest vegetable, add Bitter Melon, then peppers and corn and sauté for 3 minutes.

Add prawns and sauté for 1 minute.

Add coconut milk and let it cook until it comes to a boil.

Add fish sauce to taste 

Serve hot over rice! Delicious!