Cooking with ChiliCult: Fried Egg with Bitter Melon (Kugua Chaodan)

Cooking with ChiliCult: Fried Egg with Bitter Melon (Kugua Chaodan)

Bitter melon or bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, gyoja) is one of those vegetables that are extremely healthy, apparently – and a particularly bitter medicine.

The recipe is one of the Chinese vegetable recipes that are really simple, and the combination of egg and salt with bitter melon is a great way of approaching this vegetable. These two ingredients nicely dampen the bitterness, making it easier to learn to enjoy bitter melon even if you don’t have a wife making you eat it:

Recipe for Bitter Melon Fried Egg

for 2 persons, as one of 2-3 dishes; I wouldn’t recommend bitter melon as a sole dish


1 bitter melon of ~20 cm (8 inches)
1 egg

Oil for the wok; salt


Half the bitter melon, remove the seeds and pulp with a spoon.
Cut the de-seeded bitter melon into thin slices.

Stir-fry the bitter melon slices in a bit of hot oil (just to get them done and maybe a bit softer, though they won’t be really soft, nor get browned).
Crack the egg into the pan, mix it with the bitter melon and fry it by stirring.
Add salt.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: