Beef With Bittermelon

Bittermelon is not something we used in home cooked dishes, you would only find it in your favorite Chinese restaurant, but lately a lot of the local farms have been making it readily available in the markets. This dish works well with pork or chicken as well.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Ready In: Marinate 30 minutes
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1/2 lb. flank steak, thinly sliced

5 TB oil, divided

1 lb. bittermelon, seeded, thinly sliced


1 TB oyster sauce

2 TB Aloha shoyu

1 TB whiskey

2 slices ginger, slivered

1/2 tsp. cornstarch

dash of MSG, optional

Black Bean Mixture:

2 TB black beans

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 slice ginger, minced

Cornstarch Mixture:

2 TB cornstarch

1/4 c. water

dash of MSG

Garnish: chopped green onion


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Cooking Process:

In a mixing bowl, combine beef with marinade ingredients; let sit for 30 minutes. In a small bowl, soak black beans for 2 minutes, mashing to a paste. In a large wok, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. On high heat, stir-fry beef until medium rare. Remove and set aside. Reheat pan with 3 tablespoons of oil; stir in black bean mixture. Add bittermelons and cook till crisp-tender. Return beef to wok and heat through. Thicken with cornstarch mixture.

how to serve:

Garnish with green onion. Serves 4.