Shrimp With Bitter Melon Rings
Most medicine is bitter like bitter melon. Does this provide a clue on why this fruit of a vegetable is credited for the prevention and cure of many ailments, including cancer?
Bitter melon is an acquired taste and it may be offensive to some palates. But once you’ve grown accustomed to its bitter taste, it could become one of your favorite ingredients. Or medicine.
BTW, I added juice from one lemon temper the bitterness of the melon. Consider that optional!
1 bitter melon
1/2 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined, tail on
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
2 tbsps black bean sauce
2 tbsps brown sugar
1/2 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
Juice from one small lemon
2 tbsps Olive oil
Thoroughly wash the bitter melon and slice it cross-wise into thin rings. Remove and discard the seeds. In a large wok, heat Olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute till browned. Add onions and tomatoes and cook for two minutes. Add bitter melon and stir-fry until half-cooked. Add black bean sauce. Mix well. Add water, sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Add in lemon juice. HN JMK
Cook for another two minutes before reducing heat to low. Mix in shrimp an stir until they turn orange. Turn off heat. Serve warm with steamed rice.