How to reduce bitterness in bitter melon
Bitter melon or bitter gourd (Ku Gua or Foo Gua), as the name imply, is bitter in taste. However not all bitter melon are bitter. The bitter melon picture that I attach is one of those that has a mild bitterness. I’m a big fan of bitter melon. In fact, I choose bitter gourd that is bitter. I know most people would prefer one that is mild.
I’ll show you how to choose a bitter melon that is not bitter and even if you do get one otherwise, there is a remedial to get around it.
How to choose bitter melon
Look at the lines on its body. Bitter melon with lines that are shallow, wide distance between the lines and light green in color are signs of a ripe bitter melon that is not bitter. Well in most of the time I’ve been to the wet market, more often than not, rarely I’ll find ripe melon, only on a few occasions I happen to see some of them.
If you share the same experience as mine with bitter melon, here is one bitter melon secret treatment that I used to treat this bitter stuff. I discovered this method at a time when I haven’t learned to love its bitterness but ever since I learned to love bitter melon, I only used this method when my kids is around having meal with me. They still do hate bitter melon.
Cooking treatment for bitter melon
1. Clean and wash as usual, drain to dry or dry with a clean cloth.
2. Cut to the size and shapes to your liking.
3. Spread 2 teaspoon of salt onto the bitter melon and left it for 15 minutes.
4. Rinse to clean bitter melon of any salt.
5. Soak all the bitter melon in clean water for 30 minutes, drain water to dry. At this point you would have reduce the bitterness significantly.
6. Parboil and your bitter melon is ready for cooking. Parboil is optional though, unless its still very traumatic for you, even for the little remaining bitter taste.
Most bitter melon lover would prefer a mild bitter taste otherwise they would have avoid eating it altogether. If you follow steps 1 to 5, the bitter melon would still have a mild bitterness remain, added with step 6, it would have been almost tasteless, and choice is yours to take.
Hope this treatment is helpful to you.