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Bitter Gourd Soup

Bitter Gourd Soup Recipe

Bitter Gourd Soup Recipe

If you want to reduce the bitterness of the bitter gourd before cooking, you can rub a small amount of salt on the bitter gourd after removing the seeds, and then rinsing off the salt with water.


  • 300g pork ribs
  • 400 grams bitter gourd (bitter melon/苦瓜)
  • 1.2 litres water
  • 2 honey red dates
  • 10 pitted red dates
  • 1 to 2 carrots peeled and cut to small chunks
  • 1 tbsp wolfberries soaked in water until puffy; drained
  • salt to taste


  1. Blanch pork ribs in boiling water for about 5 minutes, to remove the scum so that you have clear soup later.
  2. Cut the bitter gourd in half lengthwise, use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and white pulp. Cut into large chunks.
  3. In a large soup pot, add water, red dates, blanched pork ribs, carrots and bitter gourd. When the water comes to a boil, lower heat and simmer for about 40 minutes.
  4. Add wolfberries in the last 5 minutes of simmering. Season with salt. For best results, keep the soup warm in a thermal pot for a few hours before serving.

Noob Cook Tips

  1. After simmering for 20-30 minutes, taste the soup. If it’s too bitter, add one or two more honey red dates to your liking.
  2. Tip for choosing bitter gourd: In general, dark green bitter gourd is more bitter and light green is less bitter.
  3. If you like a better presentation, slice and set aside some thin bitter gourd slices and add it together with the wolfberries during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

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  7. This is a question I always have, not only for bittergourd soup, but for other pork soups in general. After blanching and rinsing, is it better to cook the soup by bringing the pork ribs/bones to a boil from room temperature water, or to bring water to a boil and then put the pork ribs/bones into the boiling water?

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