BITTER MELON miso soup recipe

Have you seen or tasted the vegetable called “bitter melon” (Japanese call it “Niga-uri or “Go-ya”)?
Since its bumpy skin looks scary, some people may not wanna try that.
But once you try that, (probably should eat it with meat or egg) you must like the bitter taste!

As the name suggests, it tastes very bitter. So I suggest to eat thinly sliced bitter melon with meat or egg. They make the dish mild actually. There is famous Okinawan local food called “Go-ya chanpuru”: fried bitter melon dish (stir fried with spam, tofu, egg etc). It’s one of my favorite Okinawan food so I will try to make “Go-ya chanpuru” style miso soup today!

【Recipe (2 servings)】

Ingredients
1 oz miso paste (fermented soybean paste)*1
1 teaspoon dashi granules*2
1.5 oz bitter melon, Thinly sliced
0.6 oz bacon, Cut into fine strips
3 oz tofu, Diced
1 oz carrot, Cut into fine strips
1 beaten egg
1.7 cups (400ml) water

*1 Feel free to adjust the amounts of miso paste to your liking.
*2 If miso paste already contains dashi, don’t need dashi granules.

Directions

1. Heat water and carrot in a saucepan.

2. Once it’s boiled, add bitter melon, bacon, tofu , and dashi granules. Simmer for 2-3 min.

3. Add beaten egg and remove from heat.

4. Add miso paste and stir until miso is completely melted.

BITTER MELON miso soup
BITTER MELON miso soup

Ready to eat!

This is another amazing “Go-ya chanpuru” menu! I really liked the taste!
Nice and soft tofu and egg are perfectly matches with bitter melon.

If you like the crunchy texture of bitter melon, please simmer shorter time. Remember that more you simmer bitter melon, less bitter taste.

Enjoy your miso soup!