Sunday, August 23, 2009

Bitter Melon (Fu Gua) Omelette

Some fruit and vegetable grocers stock bitter melons. If yours doesn't they can be purchased at an Asian grocery store. There are usually 2 types/varieties of bitter melon to choose from. One is long and large and the other is smaller. If you prefer a less bitter taste, than choose the bigger one which is pale green and has bigger bumps on its surface. The smaller one is very bitter.

Serves 2-4 as part of a multi-course meal


1 bitter melon, cut in half with seeds removed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
4-5 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 clove garlic, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
vegetable oil for frying

  1. Add ¼ tsp sugar, dash of salt and pepper to the beaten eggs.
  2. Slice the bitter melon thinly then add to boiling water seasoned with 1 tsp salt and 1tsp sugar for approx. 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat wok with 1 tbsp oil and when oil is hot, add in the chopped garlic and the bitter melon.
  4. Pour eggs over bitter melon and fry until eggs are set and brown.
  5. Serve hot.

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