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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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

171 calories; 10.9 g total fat; 49 mg cholesterol; 873 mg sodium. 3 g carbohydrates; 14.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
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... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
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... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
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... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2011
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2017
I forgot to add.that my boyfriend has diabetes and struggles to get his blood sugars in check. He enjoyed this dish so much that he ate it for lunch and dinner for a couple of days when we ran out and when he checked his sugars that was the only time it ever goes to a normal count. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2019
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