Bitter melon with goji berries

Bitter melon with goji berries

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From
The Real Food of China
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Leanne Kitchen

The world is divided squarely into two camps: those who loathe, and those who love, bitter melon. Prized by the Chinese for its medicinal qualities, it’s said to prevent illnesses such as diabetes and cancer ... and everything in between. Bitter melon is related to the cucumber, but that’s where any similarity ends. It’s really bitter.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
425g bitter melons
60ml vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
4 small red chillies, halved lengthwise
2 teaspoons sugar
60ml clear rice vinegar
60ml Chicken stock
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Cut the bitter melons in half lengthwise, then use a teaspoon to remove the seeds and soft pith, and discard. Cut each half into thin slices on a slight diagonal. Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil, add the melon and cook for 2 minutes, or until just tender. Drain, then transfer to a bowl of iced water to cool. Drain well.
  2. Heat the oil in a small saucepan over a medium–low heat, then add the garlic and chillies and cook for 2 minutes, or until the garlic has softened. Add the sugar, vinegar and stock, swirling the pan to combine well. Remove from the heat and cool.
  3. Just before serving, put the melon and cooled vinegar mixture in a bowl and toss to coat the melon well. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
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China
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Real Food of China
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