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Minh-ai's Bitter Melon Soup

Minh-ai's Bitter Melon Soup

  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    30 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 15 m
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A Vietnamese-style pork and bitter melon recipe my friend Minh-ai N. taught me to make. It's a homey dish popular in Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. Its unusual bitter flavor is on par with strong, unsweetened tea. Serve immediately or refrigerate soup for 24 hours. The soup's bitter flavor will mellow with a day's refrigeration. Serve hot, ladled over bowls of steamed white rice.

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  • Calories:
  • 171 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 10.9 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 3g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 14.8 g
  • 30%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Sodium:
  • 873 mg
  • 35%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Directions

  1. Combine pork, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, garlic powder, and pepper in a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Slice the bitter melon into 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick rounds. Using the tip of a small knife, remove the spongy, seeded interior. Fill each bitter melon ring with the pork mixture, making sure to that each ring is fully stuffed. Form similar sized meatballs with any remaining pork.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Drop in the stuffed bitter melon rings and any meatballs. Simmer over medium heat until the bitter melon is tender and easily cut with a spoon, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from heat. Season with 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and fish sauce. Stir in green onions.
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Linda
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Linda

12/16/2009

We had a recent diagnosis of diabetes in the family and after doing tons of googling, I found that bitter melon in the diet was consistently recommended. So I tried out this recipe and my family liked it straight from the git-go. The bitter melon took a little bit of getting used to, but if you can manage to find a riper one, it's less bitter...

D.Olk
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D.Olk

3/10/2011

Have to admit that I was afraid to eat this after reading on line that bitter melon tastes like Beyer asprin! I thought this soup was yummy though. The broth turns out to be a beautiful golden color, and the soup is very tasty.

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