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Oriental Stir-Fried Beef and Bitter Melon recipe

This traditional Asian dish combines unexpected ingredients -such as bitter melon and fermented black beans - with savory stir fried beef. The fusion of inspired flavors makes this dish a one-of-a-kind treat for a Western palate, and is a unique and memorable meal. Pair with white rice and sake for a wonderful experience!


  • 1 tablespoon of fermented black beans
  • 1 lb of bitter melon
  • ½ lb of lean beef
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch.
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoon cooking oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of cooking oil
  • ½ cup of chicken stock


  1. Soak the fermented black beans.

  2. Slice the bitter melon in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds; then cut into quarter-inch slices. Parboil 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Thinly slice the beef against the grain. Combine the 2 teaspoons of cornstarch, soy sauce, salt and sugar. Add to beef and toss to coat.

  4. Blend the water and the 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to a paste. Drain the soaked black beans. Mince the garlic and mash with the beans.

  5. Heat 1 ½ tablespoons of cooking oil. Add the remaining salt, then beef. Stir-fry for 2 minutes or until the beef loses its redness. Remove from pan.

  6. Heat remaining 1 ½ tablespoons of cooking oil. Add the black bean mixture and stir-fry a few times. Add the bitter melon and stir-fry for about 1 minute to heat and coat with oil.

  7. Stir in the stock and heat quickly. Cook, covered, for 2 minutes, over medium heat.

  8. Return beef and stir-fry gently to reheat and blend flavors. Stir in the cornstarch paste to thicken.

Author: Catherine Herzog.

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1 lbabout 454g (453.59 grams based on 453.59 grams in a pound)
˝ lbabout 227g (226.795 grams based on 453.59 grams in a pound)
˝ cupabout 118ml (118.295 mililitres based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)


Published: December 4, 2011
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