light green bitter melon (asian markets carry them)
chili pepper flakes
red wine or balsamic vinegar
1To prepare the bitter melon, cut in half length-wise. Remove the seeds and clean out the white pith inside. Cut into slices on a slant.
2Sprinkle the slices with some salt and place in a collander to drain for about 15 minutes.
3In a small bowl mash the chili pepper flakes and the garlic.
4Heat a wok or deep saute pan on medium high and add 2 tablespoons of oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic/chili mixture. Stir-fry briefly until aromatic (about 30 seconds).
5Add the bitter melon, and stir fry for 2 minutes, then splas with the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce. Stir in the sweetener and cook for 1-2 more minutes until the melon is browing and softened.
6Stir in a couple of drops of sesame oil if desired.
About Bitter Melon Stir Fry
Posted: Fri, Nov 25, 2011