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Stir-Fried Bitter Melon with Beef
By Chef Ken Hom


1 pound Bitter Melon
1 tablespoon Peanut Oil
3 cloves Organic Garlic coarsely chopped
1/2 pound Ground Beef
2 tablespoons Light Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Rice Wine or Dry Sherry
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Sugar
3 tablespoons Chicken Stock or Water
2 tablespoons Dark Sesame Oil


Slice the bitter melon in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and finely chop the melon.

Blanch the bitter melon in boiling water for 2 minutes and drain thoroughly. Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat until it is hot.

Add the oil and the garlic, and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the beef and stir-fry for 2 minutes.

Add the soy sauce, rice wine, sugar, salt, bitter melon, and stock, and stir-fry for another 4 minutes, or until the beef is cooked.

Stir in the sesame oil, turn onto a serving platter, and serve.