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.

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  1. Eve says:

    Learn to love its bitter taste, make good sense. ;)

  2. Merc J says:

    I learnt from a Chinese friend, this melon is also used in oriental medicine when dried.

  3. Meghan Bardwell says:

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  4. Alfonso says:

    I don’t eat much bitter melon, but would be glad to try one day knowing this recipe. :)

  5. Glady says:

    Hi friend, thank you sharing this little secret but this page doesn’t formatting correctly in my mobile. On my Mac is perfectly a good read.

  6. Thank you so much for this awesome post. Great job!

  7. Aloca Joe says:

    I like this article a lot. I never like bitter stuffs on my plate, now I can consider some of it.

  8. Sasiolati says:

    Bitter melon! not my cup of tea but my Singaporean wife is crazy about this bitter stuff :)

  9. Louise says:

    I rarely eat bitter melon, but can figure out why this works. Nice.

  10. Tobert says:

    Surprisingly simple but need time to get it done.

  11. terms papers says:

    thanks might be useful in future.

  12. kc Lee says:

    Make sense. :)

  13. Alica Bushner says:

    Looking forward to reading more. Great article post.Really thank you! Cool.

  14. Jaymee says:

    Have this dish once at my chinese friend’s house. Began to love this gourd.

  15. Diego says:

    I learn several stuffs here. Surprisingly so simple to get rid of bitterness in this gourd.

  16. Heimer Sch says:

    I thought asian uses this as herbs only. Love to try it in Singapore next month when I go visting for seminar :)

  17. Angelika says:

    It’s bittergurke or bittermelone in Germany. Would love to try this asian style of treating the melone for cooking.