Pan-Fried Bitter Melon and Pork with Miso

Pan-Fried Bitter Melon and Pork with Miso

This rich miso-tasting dish is very appetizing.
It is less bitter compared to other bitter melon dishes, so I recommend it to those who don't like bitter melon so much.

Ingredients: 4 servings

200 g
Bitter melon
1 stalk
■ Soy sauce
1 teaspoon
■ Katakuriko
1 teaspoon
○ Miso (soy bean paste)
2 tablespoons
○ Sugar
1 tablespoon
○ Sake
1 tablespoon
○ Mirin
1 tablespoon
○ Doubanjiang
1 teaspoon
Sesame oil (for frying)
about 1 tablespoon
Dried Bonito flakes
to taste


1. Cut the bitter melon lengthwise. Carefully remove the seeds and slice. Boil for about 30 seconds in hot water, and drain.
2. Cut the pork into bite-sized pieces. Marinate with the ■ seasonings. Mix all the ○ ingredients to make the miso paste.
3. Heat sesame oil in a frying pan and stir-fry the pork from Step 2. When the pork has browned, turn the heat off, add the miso paste, and mix well.
4. When the pork has combined well with the miso paste, turn the heat on again. Cook over medium heat.
5. Finally, add the bitter melon from Step 1 and after thoroughly mixing in the miso it's done.

Story Behind this Recipe

I thought of making a milder tasting dish with bitter melon.