Recipe by AM1408
"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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ground black pepper
soy sauce, or to taste
fish sauce, or to taste
green onions, sliced
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...
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.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Minh-ai's Bitter Melon Soup
Serving Size: 1/3 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 3
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 98
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