Bitter Melon Stir Fry

    45 min

    This is a favourite Filipino stir fry, and if you're a fan of bitter melon, you'll love it too.

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    Serves: 5 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 225g pork loin, cut into small cubes
    • 225g tiger prawns, peeled and deveined
    • 1 tomato, chopped
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 bitter melon, seeded and sliced

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic in the hot oil until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Mix the pork into the onion and garlic; cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir the prawns into the mixture and cook until no longer translucent, about 5 minutes more. Add the tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking until the tomatoes soften, about 5 minutes. Stir the bitter melon through the mixture and cook until the melon is tender, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.


    Bitter melon is available in Chinese and Asian markets.

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    Bitter melon is different but good to stabilize blood sugar. I added ginger, didn't have tomato and used "patis" instead of using shrimp. Boiled bitter melon first to remove some of the bitterness; used vegetable broth to simmer and marry flavors. Also added black bean garlic sauce. My husband liked it.  -  05 Jul 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)