I am a big fan of bitter melon for reasons unknown to myself. I was fascinated by it the day that my mum said eating bitter melon at Chinese New Year would bring ahead a year of hardship.
In restaurants, stir fry bitter melon is often cooked with black bean. I however like it with chili and oyster sauce so the melon preserves most of its bitterness.
Recipe is as follow:
- 1 bitter melon, approx 500g, cut in half, remove seeds, sliced
- 150g stir fry beef (for example, topside)
- 1 chili, remove seeds, sliced
- 1/4 capsicum, sliced
- 1 clove of garlic, sliced
- slice of ginger, julienne
- 1 tbs oyster sauce
- 1 tbs sesame oil
- 1 tbs cooking wine
- cooking oil
In a frying pan, bring some cooking oil to medium heat, add garlic, ginger & chili, stir fry briefly; add beef, stir fry until the beef is mostly cooked; add bitter melon and sugar, stir fry briefly; add oyster sauce and sesame oil, stir fry for 1-2 minutes; add wine and capcicum, stir, put a lid over the frying pan for 1-2 minutes or until the bitter melon is cooked to your liking.