Fred Wong's Stir-Fried Bitter Melon with Chicken

This is farmer Fred Wong's recipe for a quick dish using bitter melon, an unusual Asian vegetable he grows for the farmers' market.

By / Photography By Elizabeth Barry | September 15, 2017


First, take 2 nice young bitter melons, cut them in half, remove the seeds, then cut across in ¼-inch-thick slices.

Cut in half 1 peeled onion, then also slice it ¼-inch thick.

Cut up about 1 cup raw chicken meat into pieces a little thicker than the onions and bitter melon.

Next, using a large frying pan (or wok), heat the pan then add some olive oil.

When oil is hot, add the chicken. Stir and cook until brown.

Add minced garlic, onions and bitter melon and cook a minute or 2. Add some black bean sauce (about 1 tablespoon), a little water and stir until all is mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes.

Editor’s Note: If your bitter melon is older or you’re not sure about the bitterness, you can blanch the sliced melon briefly in boiling water before using

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