How do you define “a good dish”? Does it depend on taste, aesthetics or meaning? If three criteria we’ve just mentioned are what you are looking for, stuffed bitter melon soup, a traditional dish from Vietnam, should be in your must-try food list. This article will show you everything about this special cuisine. You can also become a cook with our clear guidance.
Let’s prepare a piece of paper, scroll down and take some notes to make your own stuffed bitter melon soup!
Meaning Of Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup
Bitter melon, or “kho qua” in Vietnamese, means “all sorrows and difficulties will pass”. Because of its special name, bitter melon has become an important ingredient for Vietnam Tet Holiday, especially in the South. People regard it as a wish for a peaceful and happy new year.
Bitter melon is cooked into many dishes but the most common one is stuffed bitter melon soup. This dish is well cooked and extremely delicious. This soup kicks your taste buds in a very gentle way. The flesh stuffed inside makes the bitter melon more pleasant for people to enjoy.
Besides the meaning of the name, bitter melon is also highly effective in cooling and detoxifying. Therefore, Vietnamese people also cook bitter melon soup to eat on hot summer days.
How To Cook The Dish
Cooking stuffed bitter melon is not a hard task as long as you know the cooking process. Let’s follow our lead and cook the best dish for your family.
First, go to the market! We have some ingredients to prepare. With the quantity below, you can serve 3 – 4 people. If there are more or fewer eaters, remember to adjust the amount.
- Pig bones: To keep the bones from smelling, wash it with salt. Then, simmer with boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes to make sure the bones are free of scale.
Make the filling
Attention, please! This is the most important part of this cuisine.
Cook the soup
- Fry 2 teaspoons of cooking oil with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, adding a little chili powder to make your dish get more tasteful.
Enjoy the soup
You have already known how to cook stuffed bitter melon. It will taste its best with some tips that we are going to share with you:
Regarding Vietnam's culinary culture, stuffed bitter melon might not be as famous as banh mi or pho. As you can see, cooking a pot of bitter melon is not easy. But it still appears frequently in Vietnamese family meals because of its delicious taste and deep meaning. It is traditional but never outdated.