Bitter Melon Jelly with Sago

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I had this dessert a number of years ago at a Chinese restaurant and it has taken me a while to perfect this recipe. This dessert is very different, and I would say people who do not have a very sweet tooth will love this Asian dessert.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 43 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 13 mins
20 servings


Bitter Melon Jelly:

  • ¼ piece bitter melon, halved and flesh and seeds removed

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 5 (3 ounce) packages lime-flavored gelatin mix

  • 2 cups hot water

Optional Topping:

  • ½ cup pearl sago

  • ½ (14 ounce) can condensed milk


  1. Place the bitter melon and salt into a bowl; toss until melon is covered. Let sit until bitterness is extracted, about 40 minutes. Rinse melon under cold running water. Run the melon through a juicer to collect 1/2 to 1 fluid ounce of juice.

  2. Combine the melon juice and lime-flavored gelatin mix in a glass bowl. Pour in hot water; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Allow to cool, 3 to 5 minutes. Refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours.

  3. Combine 2 1/2 cups of water and pearl sago in a pot; bring to boil. Cook until sago becomes translucent, about 10 minutes. Strain the sago through a sieve. Place sago in a bowl; add condensed milk. Mix together until the milk coats the sago, stirring continuously so that they mixture does not clump. Top the chilled jelly with sago mixture.

Cook's Note:

If you don't have a juice extractor use a blender and pour the liquid through a sieve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

122 Calories
1g Fat
27g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 122
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 117mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 38mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.