Tomato and Bitter Melon Stir Fry

Tomato and Bitter Melon Stir Fry

Add pork and eggs and garnish with a bowl of rice.

Cooking time
20 minutes
  • Nutrition facts are for one serving.

Ingredients(Servings: 2)

Ingredients(Servings: 2)


1/2 block

100 g (3.5 oz)


1 clove

cooking oil

2 tbsp

(A)Pork Seasoning

a dash


  1. Cut the bitter melon in half length-wise and scoop out the insides. Cut into 5 mm (1/8 in.) pieces, lightly massage with salt, set aside, rinse and dry.
  2. Wrap the tofu in a paper towel and set aside for a few moments to dry. Break apart by hand into small pieces.
  3. Slice the tomato in wedges.
  4. Cut the pork into 4 cm (1.5 in.) wedges. Season with (A).
  5. Fry the garlic in some oil. Once an aroma emanates, add in the pork and stir fry well over high heat.
  6. In the following order, add in and fry (1), (2) and (3). Season with the soy sauce and sake, pour in a beaten egg and stir widely and well.

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.

Bitter melon - soaking in salt

Thinly slice up the bitter melon and then place into an approximately 5% salt/water solution. Gently stir and then set aside for about 10 minutes. This method is preferred to massaging salt into sliced bitter melon since the crunchiness will be preserved and a delicate salty taste will be added. Pat dry before using.

Tofu - draining

Wrap tofu in paper towel and set aside for 15 to 20 minutes. This method works best if the tofu is cut into the desired sized pieces beforehand to remove excess moisture.  
Or wrap tofu in paper towel, place on a tray or other suitable surface and place a weight of 500~1000 g (17.7~35.3 oz.) on top and set aside for about appropriate minutes to release as much moisture as possible.

Garlic - thinly sliced

Cut the garlic clove with the skin removed vertically in two. Then use the heel of the knife to remove the core and thinly slice.


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