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Bittermelon with Pickled Plum

Bittermelon with Pickled Plum, Bonito, and Soy

Bittermelon with Pickled Plum, Bonito, and Soy is a side dish that can be prepared ahead of time. The sourness of the plum, the smokiness of the bonito, both help cut back, and the soy sauce neutralizes otherwise a very bitter taste. Enjoy the bitterness of the summer.  
Course Appetizer
Cuisine asian, Japanese
Keyword bitter melon, goya, nigauri, pickled plum, umeboshi, bonito flakes, soy sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 42kcal
Cost $5.00


  • 2 small bitter melon prefer Indian bitter melon for this recipe
  • 2 Umeboshi pickled plum
  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 grams bonito flakes


  • Gather ingredients
    Umeboshi with Pickled Plums
  • Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. 
  • Wash the bitter-melons and cut them in lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the white membrane and seeds out. Slice them crosswise, 2-3 mm. 
    Sliced Bittermelon
  • Add a teaspoon of salt to boiling water, blanch the bitter-melon for 30 seconds to one minute, and then take them out on a colander. Rinse under cold water and squeeze out excess water. Set it aside.
  • Remove pits off pickled plum and mince them on a cutting board with a knife to make a paste.  In a small bowl, add plum paste, soy sauce, and bonito flakes and mix well. Add bitter-melon and sesame oil and toss them well.
    Mixing Bittermelon
  • Let it marinate for 30 minutes or so before serving.   
    Bittermelon with Chopsticks


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Please note, the recipe calculator did have a match for the umeboshi or pickled plum used in this recipe.


Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 554mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 438IU | Vitamin C: 78mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg