Bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd (Momordica charantia), is well known for its sugar lowering properties. Bitter melon is also found in food supplement form and as teas.
Shrimp is low in carbohydrates and therefore suitable for those watching the carbs in their diet.
This dish is usually eaten together with rice. Bitter melon, as the name implies, is slightly bitter and it is an acquired taste. However, there is a variety of bitter melon that is not as bitter as other varieties.
Choose the bitter melon that has the grooves running along the length of the gourd, that are farther apart from each other. Adding salt to the sliced bitter melons takes away a little of the bitterness.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
- 1 medium-sized bitter melon
- 20 medium-sized shrimp, shelled and de-veined
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons oil for stir-frying
- 1 tablespoon salted black beans (fermented soy beans, available in Asian stores)
To prepare the bitter melon, cut in half lengthwise, remove the seeds and cut on the diagonal into thin slices.
Heat wok over medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the minced garlic. Stir-fry briefly until aromatic (about 30 seconds).
Add shrimp and stir-fry till almost cooked (about 2 minutes)
Add the bitter melon. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes, then add in salted black beans. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the bitter melon is browning and beginning to soften. Serve hot.