Thursday, July 19, 2012

Kho Qua Xao Trung (Stir-fried Bitter Melon with Eggs)

I’m glad that we have decided to start a mini garden this year, and I would say it’s doing very well. I love picking fresh vegetables from the garden to cook every night. One of my many favorite vegetables is bitter melon (Kho Qua/Muop Dang); I know not everyone like bitter melon, but I just love it and luckily the hubby love it too. Check out my previous recipe Vietnamese Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup. However, today I’m going to share with you a tremendous simple recipe using bitter melons from our garden and eggs.

Kho Qua/Muop Dang Xao Trung (Stir-fried Bitter Melon with Eggs)


2 bitter melon
4 brown eggs
2 stalks scallion (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
Cilantro (chopped)
½ mushroom seasoning
1 ½ teaspoon fish sauce
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Rinse bitter melons, trim both ends, and cut in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop and remove the seeds and white pith in the center. Cut the melon diagonally into thin slices, I angle the melon to archive longer slices.
In a bowl, crack 4 eggs, add chopped scallion, ½ mushroom seasoning, 1 teaspoon fish sauce, ¼ teaspoon black pepper. If you don’t have a balloon whip, use chopsticks or a spoon to whisk the eggs.
Heat up a large frying pan or wok, add 1 tablespoon olive oil; add minced garlic and cook until garlic turn light gold. Add bitter melon, pinch of sea salt (about ¼ teaspoon). Stir it for about 30 second to a minute, push the melon to a side of the pan.

Add whisked eggs onto the empty side of the pan and scramble it for about a minute. Stir eggs and melon together, add ½ teaspoon of fish sauce and keep stir. Taste and turn off stove.
Transfer onto a plate and top with chopped cilantro, dried onion and black pepper. Serve with rice.


  1. Wow it's so rare to find someone who loves bitter melon too! That dish looks delicious and I can't wait to try it soon! :) Thanks for sharing, Binh!

  2. I would never thought using bitter melons like that..very interesting! i will next time pick up few and try it...:)

  3. Thanks ladies...bitter melon is packed with a lot of nutrition and it's medicinal uses.


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