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[Receipe] Goya(bitter melon) chanpuru with tofu, Japanese eggplant, Japanese green pepper and nira hive topped with shiso leaf

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Goya(bitter melon) chanpuru with tofu, Japanese eggplant, Japanese green pepper and nira

hive topped with shiso leaf! !!! Ingredients: (serves 2)

1 Goya (bitter melon)

1 Japanese eggplant

2 Japanese green peppers

7 oz medium firm or firm tofu

1 bunch nira chive

5 shiso leaves

1 table spoon soy sauce

3 table spoon sake or water

1 table spoon tahini

salt and pepper

sesame oil

Direction:

1. Cut bitter melon into half lengthwise and scoop out all the seeds and spongy white fibers. 

2. Slice into 1/4 inch thickness.

3. Massage the sliced bitter melon with 1/2 tea spoon of salt.

4. Soak the salted bitter melon in bowl full of water for 10 minutes. (this preparation removes

some bitterness)

5. Cut the eggplant into 1/4 inch thickness and soak them in bowl full of water for 10~15

minutes.

6. After soaking, drain bitter melon and eggplant. Pat them dry with paper towel.

7. Cut tofu into 1/2 inch thickness and line them on a microwave proof plate lined with 2 layers

of paper towel. Microwave for 1 minute. (this will remove excess moisture from tofu)

8. Cut green peppers into thin strips

9. Cut nira chives into 1 inch long length

10. Heat the pan and put 1 table spoon of sesame oil

11. Brown tofu both sides and remove. Put them aside.

12. In a same pan, add another table spoon of sesame oil. 

13. Sauté in the order of bitter melon, egg plant, green pepper and nira chives. Add sake or

water.

14. When all the vegetables are cooked, add browned tofu.

15. Add soy sauce and tahini and mix well. (don’t worry if tofu loses its shape)

16. Taste, and adjust the taste with salt and pepper to your liking.

17. Serve on a big plate and top with julienned shiso leaves

*Optional: sprinkle with bonito flakes.

Tips: Bitter melon’s bitterness can be adjusted by the preparation introduced above. Enjoy the

slight bitterness that will compliment other fresh vegetables paired with nutty, smooth tahini.

Simple and delicious summer dish that will go great with nice cold beer. Enjoy!

(Recipe provided by Ms. Misako Sassa )