94 Shanghainese Red Cooked Bitter Melon

94 Shanghainese Red Cooked Bitter Melon

94 Shanghainese Red Cooked Bitter Melon

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94 Shanghainese Red Cooked Bitter Melon

This method of braising bitter melon originates in Shanghai and is therefore comparatively sweet and must be served cool. The flavor is both tasty and not too bitter. For those who aren’t fond of bitter melon, you can substitute Chinese mustard greens.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bitter melon, or 3-4 cups, can substitute with Chinese mustard greens
  • 3 slices of ginger
  • A dash of soy sauce
  • A dash of oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • At least 3 tsps of rock candy or brown sugar, to taste

DIRECTIONS

Step 1
Cut the bitter melon into bite-sized pieces. Heat oil in a wok or frying pan over medium heat. First stir-fry the slices of ginger. Then add the bitter melon and stir-fry with the ginger. Finally add the soy sauce, salt, and sugar. As you stir those seasonings in, pour in some water. Cover the pan and simmer.
Step 2
Simmer until the bitter melon is cooked all the way through and is soft. Then remove the pan from the heat, transfer the contents to a serving dish and cool to room temperature before eating.