Beef With Bittermelon

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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.

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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.
Prep Time20 mins
Active Time15 mins
Ready In: Marinate 30 Minutes0 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Hawaiian, Local
Keyword: Beef, Bittermelon, Favorite Chinese Restaurant, Pork, Chicken, Home Cooked Dishes
Yield: 4 Servings.
Author: Deirdre K Todd

Materials

  • 1/2 lb.  flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 5 TB oil, divided
  • 1 lb. bittermelon, seeded, thinly sliced

Marinade:

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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 bitter melons 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.

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