Bitter Gourd Soup with Salted Vegetables
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Recipe type: Slow Simmer Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
  • 1 bitter gourd (500 g)
  • 600 g pork ribs
  • 200 g cranberry beans
  • 6 cups water
To Soak
  • 80 g soy beans - soaked for 2 to 3 hours
  • 4 dried scallops - soaked for 2 to 3 hours
  • 100 g salted vegetables - soaked for 10 minutes
  1. Blanch pork ribs in boiling water for 2 minutes. Rinse and set aside. Cut bitter bitter melon lengthwise and remove seeds and white spongy part. Then cut into half lengthwise and slice diagonally. Cut salted vegetables and set aside.
  2. Optional step: Blanch bitter gourd in boiling water for a few minutes if you wish to reduce the bitterness. Rinse with cold water and set aside.
  3. Add soy beans, salted vegetables, pork ribs and dried scallops into a soup pot (I used a clay pot). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour 30 minutes.
  4. Add bitter gourd and cranberry beans and cook on low heat for another 30 minutes. Season with salt to taste if necessary.
Cooking Notes
1. The weight of the cranberry beans is before removing the beans.
2. Preparation time does not include soaking time.
Recipe by Souper Diaries at