Halve the bitter melon. Remove its seeds and fiber, and cut into 5 mm slices. You don't need to remove any bitterness by soaking it in salt water.
Put the bitter melon and the ★ ingredients into a plastic bag and let the flavors settle in.
Transfer the bitter melon into a new plastic bag, and coat with katakuriko. Let some air into the bag and shake it around. The katakuriko will coat the melon nicely.
Heat some oil in a frying pan and pan-fry the bitter melon. Flip them over once they're nicely browned. They're done when both sides become crisp.
Story Behind this Recipe
This is our family's go-to bitter melon appetizer.
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