Delicious! Goya Chanpuru (Bitter Melon Stir-Fry)

Delicious! Goya Chanpuru (Bitter Melon Stir-Fry)

No need to buy store bought sauce anymore! This is easy but authentic and really delicious. A tasty goya chanpuru (an Okinawan bitter melon stir-fry).

Ingredients: 4 servings

Bitter melon
1 about 20 to 25 cm long
150 g
Firm tofu
200 g
Bonito flakes
1 packet
1 tablespoon
★Soy sauce
1 and 1/2 tablespoon
★Oyster sauce
1 tablespoon
★Dashi stock granules
1 teaspoon
Sesame oil
1 tablespoon
Olive oil or vegetable oil
as needed
Cake flour
1 tablespoon
Salt, pepper
to taste


1. Slice the bitter melon, rub with salt, and soak in salted water for at least 10 minutes. This reduces the bitterness.
2. Wrap the cut tofu in 3 to 4 layers of paper towels. Microwave for about 1 minute at 600 W to get rid of the water.
3. Season the pork with salt and pepper, and coat in flour. The meat will be tender that way.
4. Put olive oil in a pan and saute the tofu. When the cubes are browned, remove from the pan.
5. Add sesame oil to the pan and stir fry the pork, then add the bitter melon and continue stir frying.
6. Put the tofu back in, and add the combined ★ ingredients.
7. Swirl in the beaten egg, add the bonito flakes, mix everything together, and it's done.
8. Transfer to a serving plate.

Story Behind this Recipe

My parents harvested a lot of bitter melon, so I thought of recipes to use it. I compared the taste with store bought sauce, and now I don't need store bought sauce any more.