Spring Recipe: Bitter Melon and Fried Eggs
Bitter melon stir fried with eggs is a very simple, common Chinese therapeutic food dish. In terms of its TCM functions, Ku Gua/Mormodica charantia/bitter melon clears heat, brightens the eyes, detoxifies, and alleviates thirst. Eggs, always a symbol of spring's rebirth, are a superb source of complete and easily-digestible protein, essential fatty acids and a large array of nutrients. Combined with bitter melon's ability to clear heat and heat-toxins, the eggs' ability to nourish Yin and Blood creates a dynamic clearing/nourishing combination.
In China, bitter melon is also very well-known for its ability to lower blood sugar levels and is incorporated in to many diabetic diets. At least three compounds in bitter melon have been studied and shown to lower blood sugar levels in mice with both normal blood sugar levels and those with diabetes mellitus. It has also been shown to lower blood lipid levels, which makes it a good part of a diet to prevent metabolic syndrome.
• 1 bitter melon
• 4 eggs
• 3-4 cloves crushed garlic
1. Wash bitter melon, cut in half lengthwise.
2. Scrape out seeds and pith with a spoon and discard.
3. Slice width-wise into thin crescent-shaped slices.
4. Soak in water with 1 Tbs. salt for 10 minutes.
5. Blanch slices for a minute in boiling water and set aside.
6. Scramble eggs and set aside.
7. Add oil to pan, stir fry crushed garlic on medium heat.
8. Add bitter melon and stir fry for about 2 minutes.
9. Mix in scrambled eggs, salt to taste.