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Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup

(Canh Kho Qua)

Posted on 01 Dec, 2020
Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup

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Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS
Pork Soft Bone
300g
Pork Mince
200g
Fish Paste
200g
Mung Bean Thread
5g
Dried Black Fungus
3g
Bitter Melon
1
Onion Eschalot
1 each
Shallot
2 cloves
Coriander
1/4 bunch
Garlic
3 cloves
Fish Sauce
2.5 tbsp
Salt
1 tsp
Pepper
1/2 tsp
Raw Sugar
1.5 tbsp
Pork Seasoning Powder
1/2 tsp
Oil
1 tbsp

1. Soak dried fungus in hot water and mung bean thread in warm water for 10 minutes. Rinse and drain them.  Cut dried black fungus and mung bean thread into small pieces.

2. Finely chop garlic and the white part of the shallots. Slice green part of shallots and coriander for garnish set aside.

3. Cut off the two ends of bitter melon and discard. Cut bittermelon into 5-6cm thick slices and use a small spoon to remove seeds.

4. Chop the pork bones into small pieces. Bring a pot to boil. Add a large pinch of salt. Add the pork soft bone and cook for about 5 minutes to remove all the impurities (this will keep the stock clear). Rinse the bones under cold running water until water runs clear and then drain it.            

5. Marinate the bones with 1/2 tbsp fish sauce, pepper and 1/2 tsp white part of shallots and 1/2 tsp garlic for at least 30 minutes.

6. (Meat Filling) In a large bowl, add pork mince, fish paste, eschalots, 1/2 the garlic and white part of shallots, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 pepper, 1/2 tbsp fish sauce, 1/2 tbsp sugar, black fungus  and vermicilli together. Mix well with your hand (this will make the mixture become chewy and have greaat texture). Marinate for 30 minutes.

7. Use a small spoon to stuff the filling into each bitter melon ring. Any left over filling can be rounded into small meat balls.

8. In a medium pot on high heat, add oil and remaining garlic and white part of shallots and fry until fragrant. Add the marinated pork soft bone and stir evenly. Cook for about 1-2 minutes then add water into the pot. Bring to boil and place the stuffed bitter melon and meat balls in. Add remaining raw sugar, fish sauce, salt, pork seasoning powder then cover pot with a lid, simmer on medium low for about 45 minutes or until the stuffed bitter melon are tender.

9. Place soup into a bowl and sprinkle the top with shallots, coriander and some pepper.

10. Serve with rice and main dish.

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