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Beef and Bitter Melon with Oyster Sauc

Beef and Bitter Melon with Oyster Sauce

Farmer's market bitter melon sauteed with beef and oyster sauce
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • `1 bitter melon
  • 300 grams thinly sliced beef
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten eggs medium sized
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped ginger
  • 1 sliced red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil canola or soy bean oil works well
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil


  • Cut bitter melon lengthwise and remove seeds and fibrous core then slice them crosswise into quarter inch thickness. 
  • In a pot of boiling water, add 1 teaspoon of salt and blanch the bitter melon about 30 seconds. Drain the bitter melon and set it aside.  
  • Place beef in a bowl and sprinkle with salt, pepper and sake. Set it aside.
  • Mix together oyster sauce, garlic and soy sauce in a small bowl. Set it aside
  • Heat large frying pan and add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil. Scramble eggs and take it out. Set it aside.  
  • Return the frying pan to heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add ginger and red pepper. When fragrant, add beef and saute until cooked through. Add bitter melon and scrambled eggs to beef then #4 (oyster sauce, garlic and soy sauce). Pour chicken stock and drizzle the dish with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Adjust seasoning. Serve hot.