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Bitter Melon with Bonito Flakes and Shio-Kombu

Bitter Melon with Bonito Flakes and Shio-Kombu

Just mix bitter melon with shio-kombu (salted seaweed) and bonito flakes.

Ingredients

Bitter melon
1
Shio-kombu
to taste
Bonito flakes
3g
Usukuchi soy sauce
a little
Salt
for boiling

Steps

1. Cut the bitter melon in half, remove the seeds with a spoon (the white pith is bitter, so remove as much as you can).
2. Slice thinly.
3. Bring the water to a boil, then add a little salt. Boil for 30 seconds.
4. Rinse the bitter melon in cold water, then thoroughly squeeze out excess. Mix with bonito flakes, shio-kombu, and soy sauce.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to make something simple and fuss-free.
Where I come from, they call bitter melon "nigakoi" (which means "bitter" in Kagoshima dialect).