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


Bitter melon or bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, goya in Japanese, kugua in Chinese) 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.

The combination of egg and salt with bitter melon is a great way of approaching this vegetable.

Kugua Chao Jidan
This is a version made with more eggs, of course

These two ingredients – egg, and salt – 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:

Kugua Chaodan – Bitter Melon Fried Egg

One of the standard Chinese ways of preparing bitter melon, good for beginners
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


  • 1 bitter melon
  • 1 egg
  • salt


  • Half the bitter melon lengthwise, remove the seeds and pulp with a spoon.
  • Cut the de-seeded bitter melon into thin slices (half-moons).
  • 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, stir-fry to cook and mix with the bitter melon.
  • Add salt.
Keyword bitter melon

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