Cut the bitter melon lengthwise. Carefully remove the seeds and slice.
Boil for about 30 seconds in hot water, and drain.
Cut the pork into bite-sized pieces. Marinate with the ■ seasonings.
Mix all the ○ ingredients to make the miso paste.
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.
When the pork has combined well with the miso paste, turn the heat on again. Cook over medium heat.
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.
Boil the bitter melon in a pot for 30 seconds. Be careful not to over-cook it, because the color of bitter melon will fade out. If you like, you can sprinkle bonito flakes in the end which will make it even tastier. Reducing the amount of miso in half and adding Chinese sauces such as tian mian jiang (sweet bean sauce) or douchi (black bean garlic sauce) are very delicious alternatives!