Bitter Melon soup with Pork Recipe

January 13, 2023  Cambodia Recipe Avatar
Bitter Melon soup with Pork Recipe

Bitter Melon soup with Pork Recipe is very common in Cambodia and Vietnam. Many Khmer grandparents like Bitter Melon soup because it tastes bitter and this soup is not for young kid.  Dried shrimp and dried turnip is salty you have to be careful with salt.


3 small bitter melons cut to small size then take all the seeds out by making hole to stuff the meat inside
1/2 lb ground pork
1 small bunch bean thread soaked wash cut to tiny pieces
3 cloves of garlic pound to paste in mortar
2 tablespoon of dried shrimp soaked set aside
2 tablespoon of dried turnip wash set aside
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 chicken bouillon cube
½ tablespoon of salt
2 green onions chopped for garnish
4 ½ of cups water

Directions to make Bitter Melon soup with Pork Recipe

  1. In a mortar pound ½ t of salt, garlic to paste then add dried shrimp and turnip mix it well
  2. Now add the ground pork to it do not pound it too hard just mix it or else your meat will be mashed, add 1 T of soy sauce and chicken bouillon cube to it then add soaked bean thread mix it again until well combine, take 1/3 cup of meat mixture out set aside for later
  3. Take each bitter melon and stuff it with the meat mixture one by one until all done
  4. In a medium pot put 4 ½ cups of water and bring to a boil, now add the stuff bitter melon cook it for 15 minutes or until tender then add ¼ of meat mixture to it bit by bit (tiny pieces) so the meat will cook the same time as bitter melon. It will take about 25 minutes for the bitter melon to get soft enough to eat.
  5. Taste your soup adjust the flavor when the melon is done turn the heat off and garnish with chopped green onions.

Serve hot with cooked rice

Thank you and enjoy it.


Related Recipe: Asian Chicken Salad with Ginger Dressing

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Calories Per Serving: 779

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏95g 35%
Cholesterol ‏259mg 86%
Total Fat ‏10g 13%
Saturated Fat ‏3g 15%
Dietary Fiber ‏5g 18%
Protein ‏88g 176%
Sodium ‏5340mg 232%
Sugars ‏4g 8%


30 min


30 min




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