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Braised Stuffed Bitter Melon

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This Braised Stuffed Bitter Melon includes stuffing a pork mixture into a cut bitter melon. This Braised Stuffed Bitter Melon is healthy and it is tasty. And, this is exactly what you will like about it.
Ingredients
  Fermented black beans 1 Tablespoon
  Lean pork 1⁄2 Pound
  Chinese parsley 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Scallion stalks 2
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm)
  Soy sauce 1 Tablespoon
  Oil 1 Tablespoon
  Water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Cornstarch 2 Teaspoon
  Sugar 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1 Dash
  Bitter melons 4 Medium
  Oil 4 Tablespoon
  Garlic 1⁄2 Clove (2.5 gm)
Directions

1. Soak fermented black beans.
2. Mince pork, together with parsley, scallions and garlic. Then blend well with soy sauce, oil, cornstarch, sugar, salt and pepper.
3. Cut each bitter melon in 1 1/2 inch slices. With a sharp knife, scoop out the spongy white pulp and seeds at the center of each slice.
4. Stuff pork mixture into centers, letting meat bulge out slightly (it will shrink during cooking).
5. Heat remaining oil. Brown bitter melon slices lightly on both sides; then remove from pan.
6. Mash soaked black beans; crush remaining garlic. Add to pan; add water, and bring to a boil, stirring.
7. Return stuffed bitter melon and bring to a boil again. Then simmer, covered, over medium heat, until done

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Chinese
Method: 
Braising
Ingredient: 
Vegetable

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