Photo: Bitter Melon Stir-Fry

An Okinawan specialty that combines the unique flavor of bitter melon with pork and tofu for a truly exotic dish.

Cooking time
10 minutes
  • Nutrition information is for one serving.

Ingredients(Servings: 2)


100 g (3-1/2 oz.)


1/2 block, 150 g (51/2 oz.)

1 Tbsp

as desired


1-1/2 Tbsp

1-1/2 Tbsp


  1. Remove excess water from the tofu by pressing with a heavy plate or cutting board for a few minutes.
    Use hands to tear into bite-size pieces.
  2. Slice the bitter melon in half lengthwise, then remove the seeds and pulp with a spoon.
    slice into 2 mm (1/8 in.) half circles. Place in a bowl and massage in salt (not included in ingredients), rinse and drain.
  3. Whip the egg and set aside.
  4. Cut the pork into bite-size pieces.
  5. Heat the salad oil in a frying pan and cook the eggs until soft scrambled then remove.
  6. Using the same frying pan, saute the pork, bitter melon, tofu, and then the egg over high heat; add (A) to season then remove from heat.
  7. Serve with rice topped with bonito flakes (katsuobushi), if desired.