Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bitter Melon ( Gourd ) Carrot Pork Soup

Flu Season is here ...eck! What do we have in the tool bag to fight this nasty ailment ?
Visit the Doc for the Flu Shot , excercise , daily vitamins , Purell, ignore it button , Mothers, don't touch anything or anyone..( I personally need to work on this list )I do know a delicious and very beneficial way!
Mama's Bitter Melon Soup!
This is another soup with healing powers, packed with vitamins and rich in nutrients.
The star of this soup is the Bitter Melon. To learn more click here*


2 Bitter Melon - Clean , cut in half , scoop out the cotton like seeds and cut into 1-2" bite size
( to ease the bitterness rub salt on the melon and let it sit for 15 mins, it really works)
Pork Ribs - 1/2 lbs
1 lg Carrot - chop in chunks
Goji berries - hand full
Red dates - hand full
Ginger - 1 knob
Garlic - 1 clove
White pepper
Fish sauce
Oyster Sauce

Start a pot of water, bring to boil and add all ingredients.
( parboil the pork to remove impurities before adding to the pot)

Bring to a boil then let it simmer for 1 hour. I added a dash of fish sauce ,white pepper and oyster sauce.

How good does this look!
Had this with rice and oyster sauce on the side for dipping.
Bowl of goodness with the unusual bitter flavor ( almost like black tea bitterness) it can be strong but the fish sauce mellowed it out. Hints of sweet & tangy flavors from the carrots and herbs and of course there's the ribs..mmmmmmmm

** Soup is tastier the next day**


hungrysmurf said...

sniff, cough... wish I had some of this yummy soup!

hungrysmurf said...

Wow, who knew fu gwa was so nutritious. Good for hangovers! Is that why we crave mom's fu gwa chicken wings after a bender?

lishapisa said...

I wish i can fedex you some , Fedex told me it's not possible.. sorry :(
Yea fu gwa rocks, it all makes sense now.... i love it with wings and blk bean sauce *

Blessed Homemaker said...

I cook my bittergourd with carrot too and the soup is so sweet!

Pls do share more soup recipes as my kids love them!