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Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup – A Vital Dish In Vietnamese Meals

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Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup - A Vital Dish In Vietnamese Meals

  • 40 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Easy


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.

Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup
Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup – An indispensable dish in Vietnam Tet Holiday

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.
After that, you will cut the bones into small pieces that are easy to eat, then stew them. To make the soup sweet, you should stew the bones for about 4 to 5 hours. Although it takes time, because of the quality of the food, you will not mind waiting, right?
While waiting, make sure you remove the foam in the water. Thanks to it, the broth will be clear and tasteful.
- Bitter melons: After washing, cut their two ends. You have to slit the bitter melons in the middle. Then, remove all the seeds inside them with your finger or a spoon.
- Egg: We use the white of the egg only.
- Scallions and cilantro: Finely chop them.


Make the filling

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Attention, please! This is the most important part of this cuisine.
- Wash wood ear mushrooms and dried bean noodles carefully and turn them into fiber chopped mixture.
- Mince the lean meat, then season with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and onion, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. To allow the spices to soak into the meat, you should marinate the meat for 15 minutes.
- Next, put the mixture of wood ear mushrooms and dried bean noodles on the meat then mix evenly. That is how we make the filling.
- Stuff the filling into the bitter melons.
- You can tie a bitter melon with a piece of scallion. This will help them look good.


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.
- Pour the bone broth into the pot, then add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of monosodium glutamate to taste.
- As soon as the soup boils, put bitter melons in the pot. Remember to keep the heat low. And don't forget to remove the foam above it as well.
- The soup is done when bitter melons’ skin turns soft. You can check by stabbing it with a toothpick. If the toothpick is easy to pass through, the bitter melon is already ripe.


Enjoy the soup

- Let’s ladle the bitter melon soup into a bowl. Your soup gets more delicious if you sprinkle onions, cilantro, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper on the top. The food is ready to be enjoyed.
- A small bowl of fish sauce with a few pieces of chili will make the dish perfect.



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:
• The fillings will be tastier if you add some fat.
• We are not sure about your taste in bitter melons. Super bitter ones are often short, very wrinkly, and dark green. If you like to eat something bitter, choose them. If not, look for other ones.
• To ensure food safety and hygiene, the bitter melons need to be clean. You can soak them in saltwater for about 15 minutes. Then, wash again with clean water several times. This can reduce the pesticides in them.



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.
You know how to cook this dish, right? So please cook for those you love with all your heart and send them as a wish. Believe us, this soup is not bitter anymore then.



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