Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Friday Food 12 – Bitter Melon

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. Today, we are going to begin our first look at some of the gourds or melons are they are sometimes called. We begin with one of the oddest, bitter melon.

Bitter melon (苦瓜),  said to be among the most bitter foods eaten by man, is very much an acquired taste. It is … well, bitter! The first time I tried it I spat it out in disgust. Now I love it. Frequently stir fried with beef round these parts, it can also be used with pork, with fermented black beans or in soups.

Bitter melon is available in all markets and supermarkets at around 4 to 5元/500g.

It is also available dried for use in making bitter melon tea, which is supposedly beneficial in treating sore throats.

Dried bitter melon

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