Braised bitter melon stuff w/minced fish

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 teaspoons Fermented black beans
1 pounds Shrimp
1 pounds Fish fillets
1 Egg white
½ teaspoon Salt
2 pounds Bitter melon
½ Clove garlic
3 tablespoons Oil
1½ cup Stock
½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
2 tablespoons Water

1. Soak fermented black beans.

2. Shell and devein shrimp. Mince or grind together with fish. Add egg white and salt and knead well to blend thoroughly.

3. Slice each bitter melon crosswise in 4 thick sections. Scoop out pulp and discard. Stuff fish mixture into pulp cavity, making a mound at the top.

4. Mince garlic and mash together with soaked black beans.

5. Heat oil. Add bitter melon sections, mound-side down, and brown fish lightly. Remove from pan.

6. Add garlic-black bean mixture and stir-fry about 1 minute. Then stir in stock, salt and sugar. Return bitter melon sections and bring to a boil.

Then simmer, covered, 20 minutes.

7. Remove bitter melon to a warm serving platter, leaving liquids in pan.

Blend cornstarch and cold water to a paste; then stir in to thicken. Pour sauce over bitter melon and serve.

From <The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook>, ISBN 0-517-65870-4. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive, .

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