Bitter Melon Namul

Namul is a Korean side dish consisting of vegetables that can be pickled, boiled, or raw. In this very simple version, bitter melon is mixed with bean sprouts and sesame seed oil for a light, delicious side.

Cooking time
10 minutes+
  • Nutrition facts are for one serving.
  • Time to cool is not included in the cooking time.

Ingredients(Servings: 2)

Ingredients(Servings: 2)

100 g (3.5 oz.)

100 g (3.5 oz.)

to taste


to taste

1/2 Tbsp

  • Hon Mirin contains alcohol.
    For individuals unable to consume alcohol, we recommend that you either do not use Hon Mirin or that you boil off the alcohol content prior to use (heated at boiling temperatures for 1 to 1.5 minutes).


  1. Cut the bitter melon in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and pulp, then slice thinly. Heat water with a small amount of salt, then add the bitter melon and boil for 1-2 minutes. Drain and dry.
  2. Also cook the bean sprouts in boiling water with a little salt, then drain and allow to cool.
  3. Combine the bitter melon, bean sprouts, (A) and garlic in a bowl, and top with sesame seeds before serving.

Cooking Basics

Bitter melon - removing seeds and cotton

Cut the bitter melon in half lengthwise and then scrape out the seeds and cotton with a spoon.


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