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Bitter Melon Salad ゴーヤの白和え

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Today’s recipe is a vegetarian salad with bitter melon, or sometimes called bitter gourd.  In Japanese this vegetable is called Goya (ゴーヤ) or Nigauri (にがうり).

The bitter melon is dressed with tofu and sesame sauce, and it’s not only healthy and light but also delicious!  The tofu and sesame flavor makes the “bitterness” very gentle and mild, so if you are not a fan of bitter melon this recipe could change your mind.

When I was growing up in Japan, bitter melon wasn’t a common vegetable except for Okinawa and Kyushu island.  Because of the recent popularity of Okinawan food, bitter melon is now available throughout the Japan.

Goya Champuru, a stir fry dish with goya (bitter melon), egg, tofu and pork/spam, has become one of the most popular Okinawan dishes that are featured on the TV cooking shows and are available at restaurants in the main land.

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Because my mom didn’t cook this vegetable, I was a late bloomer.  After I moved to the U.S., I had seen this interesting vegetable all the time at Asian markets and one day I decided to buy one to cook.

My first attempt with bitter melon wasn’t good.  I can’t recall how I prepared it but all I remember was the unique bitterness of this vegetable.  I have been occasionally eating bitter melon dishes at Chinese restaurants, but until recently I didn’t try cooking it again.

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I gave another try last year after a few of my readers requested a recipe using bitter melon (thank you!).  This time I knew how I wanted to prepare – shiraae style.

When tofu is mashed and mixed with sesame seeds and other condiments, the dressing or sauce is called shiraae (白和え).  The nutty tofu flavor is exceptionally wonderful with fresh green vegetable.

There are many variations of shiraae too, depending on what kind of condiments you want to add.  I used miso for my Green Bean Shiraae recipe and used sesame oil for this recipe to increase more nutty flavor.

Hope you enjoy bitter melon and nutty tofu shiraae combination!

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Bitter Melon Salad
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Serves: 4
  • 1 bitter melon
  • 1 firm or momen tofu
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 4 Tbsp. roasted white sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1½ tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  1. Open the tofu package and drain the tofu.
  2. Cut the bitter melon in half lengthwise and remove the seeds with spoon.
  3. Slice thinly. I like my vegetable crunchy so I cut into ⅛ inch pieces, but you can cut thinner as well.
  4. Cook the bitter melon in the salted boiling water for 3-5 minutes (depending on your liking) and drain well.
  5. Soak the bitter melon in cold water for 5 minutes, then drain really well.
  6. Meanwhile wrap the tofu with paper towel on top of a large plate. Microwave the tofu for 2 minutes (1000 Watt) to further drain the water. Discard the excess water and let it cool.
  7. Grate the ginger to have about 1 tsp. including juice.
  8. Grind the roasted white sesame seeds well. You can leave some sesame seeds ungrounded for texture.
  9. Combine all the seasoning ingredients in a large bowl and mix all together.
  10. Add the cooled tofu and mix well. Then add the bitter melon (if necessary, you can wipe off the extra moisture with paper towel so it won’t dilute the sauce).
  11. Mix all together. You can serve at room temperature or you can chill for half an hour before serving. It gets watery from the tofu so I highly recommend serving soon.
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Posted in: 30 Minutes Or Less, Appetizers, Healthy Recipes, Quick & Easy, Salads, Side Dishes, Vegetables, Tofu & Eggs, Vegetarian

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  • Joyti February 19, 2013, 4:07 pm

    I have to say, I’m not a fan of bitter melon. Its pretty common in Indian cooking, especially because it is supposed to have all sorts of health benefits…but I have always found it too bitter for me. I do like your use of ground sesame in a salad – I’m going to try that out. It sounds tasty.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 19, 2013, 4:19 pm

    Beautiful photos, Nami! I’ve never tried bitter melon, but I like the ground sesame in the salad.

  • tigerfish February 19, 2013, 4:51 pm

    I am a fan of bitter melon and have them most often in soups, stir-fries, steamed dishes; but as it is considered “cooling” food by Chinese, I usually have it more often in summer. I like the tofu-sesame sauce you made. Looks like I need to add salads in future for my bitter melon repertoire :)

  • A_Boleyn February 19, 2013, 5:25 pm

    Bitter melon is a unique ingredient in my experience and the preparation method share is intriguing but I don’t know that I’d be brave enough to give it a try. :)

  • Reem | Simply Reem February 19, 2013, 5:28 pm

    Adil loves bitter gourd, we make it with loads of onions and sugar to balance the bitter taste.. I am not much of a fan though. But it is believed that it is actually good for you and can help in controlling diabetes…
    Anyway the way you have made this looks very interesting.. I will sure try this recipe

  • Jayne February 19, 2013, 5:40 pm

    This is a very interesting way to prepare bittergourd! We had it on occasion at home when I was young… not nearly as often because my siblings can’t handle it’s bitterness, even when my mom almost got rid of every trace. What I’ve learnt to do is to slice the gourd really thinly and rub it with a heavy dose of salt and white sugar and let it sit in a colander in a pan. The salt and sugar draws out the bitterness and juices, kinda like pickling it. After about 15 minutes, I’d give it a good wash then proceed to cook it. I love it in egg drop soup, or stirfried with salted duck egg. I’ll give your tofu version a try. Seems very easy and healthy.

  • Serena February 19, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Don’t know if I can find bitter melon here Nami, but I have some homemade tofu left in the fridge. I’ll try with a different vegetable, maybe with a slightly bitter one like a radish called “Scorzonera”. I’m very happy for this new tofu recipe anyway. Thank you Nami :-)

    • Nami February 21, 2013, 12:51 am

      Hi Serena! This tofu & sesame dressing works with any vegetables. I like green beans and spinach most. Hope you enjoy it! :)

  • Janice February 19, 2013, 5:47 pm

    I’m a huge fan of bitter melon and am delighted to see you post this recipe. Can’t wait to try this!

    • Nami February 21, 2013, 12:10 am

      Hi Janice! Glad to hear we have a bitter melon fan. :) I hope you like this recipe!

  • Minnie@thelady8home February 19, 2013, 5:56 pm

    I have a bitter sweet relationship with bitter gourd. I grew up hating it, and then fell in love with once I was all grown up, hahaha! I have cooked it with poppy seed paste, but sesame looks very interesting. I am going to give this a try.

  • Chef and Sommelier February 19, 2013, 6:08 pm

    Hi Nami! I love bitter melon (we call it bitter gourd here). Usually we will slice this thinly and stir fry with egg.

    Another recipe that I like is to braise the bitter gourd (chunky sections) with pork in soya. Very nice with rice.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  • hui February 19, 2013, 6:13 pm

    i’ve yet to discover the joys of eating bitter gourd/melon, despite many attempts ^^|| looking at your pics, and your comments on how un-bitter this dish is, i’m almost convinced to try again ^^

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen February 19, 2013, 6:19 pm

    Oh I love bitter melon! Filipinos call it ‘ampalaya’ and we have lots of recipes for it. My mom made this a lot when we were growing up. It’s highly nutritious. It’s also very good for diabetes and I think to prevent cancer (thought not sure on the latter). But it was for health reasons that my parents encouraged us to eat it regularly. Glad you have it here with tofu, which I love, too. Thanks for sharing this recipe – it’s an entree in itself. I will try it soon.

  • yummychunklet February 19, 2013, 6:37 pm

    I actually love bitter melon! I grew up eating this!

  • Juliana February 19, 2013, 6:39 pm

    I like bitter melon, but never had it this way…with tofu…very interesting!
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you have a wonderful week Nami!

  • Monet February 19, 2013, 6:54 pm

    Beautiful photographs and such a unique recipe. I would have never imagined that bitter melon looked like that! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I just ate a delicious dinner and I’m already hungry again :-) I hope you are having a great start to your week!

  • Mel February 19, 2013, 7:13 pm

    Hi Nami
    You made this dish looking so simple in ingredients and yet so appetizing. I loves bittergourd….but usually have this in soup.

  • Mich Piece of Cake February 19, 2013, 7:13 pm

    Hi Nami, I don’t eat bittergourd but my hubby and kids do. This is an interesting way of preparing this dish, will try it out.

  • ashley - baker by naturea February 19, 2013, 7:20 pm

    I’ve been trying to get more creative with my salad making, and this one might be next!

  • Shirley February 19, 2013, 8:30 pm

    I’m not a fan of bitter melon, but I love sesame and tofu so this could change my mind!

  • Susan February 19, 2013, 8:42 pm

    I like bitter melon cooked Chinese style, with pork, either in black bean sauce or soy sauce. I didn’t like it until recently, as an adult. I will try this salad!

    • Nami February 21, 2013, 12:09 am

      Hi Susan! I’ve been eating several kinds of bitter melon dishes in Chinese restaurant and they are all pretty delicious. But agree, it took me a several attempt until I start serving bitter melon dishes to my late. Hope you enjoy this dish! :)

  • Kelly February 19, 2013, 10:12 pm

    I love bitter gourd, this looks like a refreshing way to prepare it. I usually either stir fry it with egg, or with pork and black bean sauce. It’s also wonderful in soup boiled with pork ribs.

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  • Katerina February 20, 2013, 12:40 am

    I have never heard of bitter melon Nami and I can tell you with alsmost 100% certainty that it doesn’t circulate here! But you made a fine salad and even though I won’t be able to try and make it i can always admire it through the net! Have a beautiful day!

  • Ella-Home Cooking Adventure February 20, 2013, 1:57 am

    This is an interesting recipe:) Have to see if I find bitter melon here, never tried it and you made me curious.

  • miss mochi February 20, 2013, 2:19 am

    I’ve never had goya, since my Japanese side of the family isn’t from the areas that use it. I’ve always thought it looked pretty cut into half-moons. I guess I will have to try it!

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen February 20, 2013, 2:31 am

    Never heard about bitter melon, before O___O
    What an interesting salad, Nami!

  • Belinda @zomppa February 20, 2013, 3:19 am

    You were brave for trying a tricky vegetable. The risk paid off!

  • TheKitchenLioness February 20, 2013, 3:22 am

    Nami, this is totally new territory for me – I had never heard of bitter melon before but the pictures speak for themselves and I am sure that this is another one of your utterly delicious recipes! Besides, now I am really curious to taste this vegetable!
    Have a great Wednesday!

  • Hotly Spiced February 20, 2013, 3:23 am

    You won’t believe it Nami, but I was at the green grocers with Alfie this afternoon and he saw a bitter melon and he asked me, ‘Is it really bitter?’ and ‘Can we buy one?’ and ‘Is it like water melon’. And the terrible thing is; I had absolutely no idea because although I have heard of bitter melon, I don’t think I’ve ever tried it. Thanks for inspiring me to cook with bitter melon so I can continue to educate my 7 yr old ! xx

  • The Ninja Baker February 20, 2013, 3:23 am

    Thank you, Nami-san, for this intro to ゴーヤ. I’ve yet to try bitter melon. But mixed with your delicious combo of tofu and sesame seeds this dish looks as though deliciousness is guaranteed!

  • Amy (Savory Moments) February 20, 2013, 3:50 am

    I’ve always been curious about bitter gourd… I’ve never had it, but have seen it for sale a couple times in a local Asian market. I do enjoy bitter flavors though, so I should give it a try. I like the sesame here.

  • Ramona February 20, 2013, 4:24 am

    I am so curious what this dish tastes like. I know bitter melon is very strong….but this creamy tofu and sesame dressing sounds good with it. :)

  • Kate@Diethood February 20, 2013, 4:44 am

    I’m so clueless… I have never seen bitter melon! The salad is gorgeous, Nami. Thank you for sharing this. I will be on the lookout for bitter melon!

  • john@kitchenriffs February 20, 2013, 8:29 am

    I definitely need to try bitter melon sometime. It’s at all of the Asian grocery stores, so it’s easy enough to find. It’s just something I haven’t gotten around to trying, and I really should. Great looking salad. And with the tofu, quite nutritious. Good stuff – thanks.

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking February 20, 2013, 8:57 am

    First time when I tried bitter melon was last year, and in a juice form…oh boy hehe that was interesting! :D
    I see how you combined each ingr. to make it less bitter, and I will probably try making it because it does sound delicious. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day!

  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice February 20, 2013, 9:29 am

    I am so excited to see this dish on your site, Nami! I had the exact same bitter gourd dish at an Okinawan restaurant in Singapore before. That was the first time I learnt that Okinawan cuisine is heavily influenced by the Chinese. What stood out to me was the unique touches of Japanese cooking which makes it special. I often cook it with eggs. Your tofu version sounds fantastic! I need to share this with my mom since she cooks bitter gourd very often. I am confident that she will enjoy this version.

  • Rosa February 20, 2013, 10:27 am

    An interesting salad! I really love those seasonings.



  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz February 20, 2013, 10:44 am

    Love discovering new veggies as well as seeing others make discoveries! I have seen this one but never bought it. I did not know it was bitter but I can see how the condiments would help with it. Worth a try soon.

  • Lynna February 20, 2013, 11:13 am

    My mom uses bitter melon often! But, it`s usually in soup. I should tell her to try this with tofu! :)

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 20, 2013, 11:17 am

    Thanks for sharing this lovely salad recipe, Nami. It looks so delicious and refreshing for the early spring we seem to be having here in Austin!

  • Akemi February 20, 2013, 12:38 pm

    体に良さそうな料理ですね。この頃息子が料理するので、ダイエットの邪魔(?)になって困るのよねえ。 主にアメリカン ばかりだし、、、これって変な悩みですよね。なみちゃんは教え方が丁寧で、えらい!

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie February 20, 2013, 1:13 pm

    This looks delicious Nami! The look reminds me so much of a Mexican dish, but we don’t eat bitter melon. I keep looking to find some bitter melon here but haven’t been lucky yet. Thanks for sharing!:)

  • Lail | With A Spin February 20, 2013, 3:02 pm

    Very interesting preparation on bitter melon. Growing up I hated it but mom, dad would make sure I ate my portion of bitter melon for the all health benefit it offers. I have come to like it once in a while now. Will definitely try this recipe.

  • Marina@Picnic at Marina February 20, 2013, 5:53 pm

    Nami, this is a perfect recipe for me. Last year I tried bitter melon for the first time and fell in love with it (I know, my taste is weird: I don’t like sweets, but bitter and other food attracts me!) :) I didn’t know what to do with it so I just cleaned it and ate in my salads. Next season I will definitely try this recipe! Thanks.

  • mjskit February 20, 2013, 7:48 pm

    Bitter melon is definitely something that I am not at all familiar with. I’ve seen a recipe here and there, but just the word “bitter” has never been something that appeals to me. I have a hard time with bitter. So I guess what I’m asking is “Is this really bitter or just a name?” I’m a huge fan of sesame in every way, shape and form, so I’m sure that alone makes this dish quite good! A very interesting dish Nami.

  • Yi @ Yi Resevation February 20, 2013, 7:51 pm

    What a fantastic way to prepare bitter melon! I am a huge fan of bitter melon. During each summer I probably average 2 or 3 lbs of bitter melon each week on average!! Now I really have to get some of this this weekend. Great recipe!

  • Raymund February 20, 2013, 9:06 pm

    I dont know why but I love this vegetable even my daughter loves it but its too expensive hete a small one could cost around $7

  • Mallika February 20, 2013, 9:28 pm

    Nami, this is beautiful! We use Bitter melons a lot in our Indian cooking and I am sure to give this salad a try. Flavorsome and healthy!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 20, 2013, 10:08 pm

    I don’t have any experience with bitter melon but have seen it many times and wondered what to make with it!

  • Geo February 20, 2013, 10:15 pm

    hi Nami
    u can try to soak the cut bittergourd in ‘salted’ water, which will make the bittergourd less bitter.

    • Nami February 20, 2013, 11:00 pm

      Thank you Geo! :)

  • Helen February 20, 2013, 11:40 pm

    bitter melon with beef and black bean sauce was one of my fav dishes growing up. a tip from my mom is to toss the melon in some salt and let them sweat for a bit to release some of their bitterness. Then rinse and cook :)

    • Nami February 21, 2013, 12:06 am

      Hi Helen! Thank you so much for your tip! I’ll try that next time. I boiled with salted water so I thought I could skip that process. Maybe the bitterness may totally disappear if I do salt treatment one more time. :)

  • goboroot February 20, 2013, 11:57 pm

    This dish is one of my favourite Japanese okazu! Great photos, Nami san!

  • Ellena | Cuisines Paradise February 21, 2013, 3:31 am

    I love bittergourd and your version is something that I would definitely try this weekend. As we often just stir-fry it with egg or add it into omelette :)

  • Sandra February 21, 2013, 4:57 am

    I love coming to your sight and being educated about different foods and also inspired expand my taste buds.

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb February 21, 2013, 6:19 am

    That’s an interesting way of preparing the bitter melon. I like it usually only fried really long with spices and then served with rice curry fish. Honestly I havn; t tried cooking it much differently, its just so bitter! ^.^

  • Jenn and Seth February 21, 2013, 2:20 pm

    i’ve never had bitter melon, but i’m so eager to try now! this sounds so interesting and delicious!

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce February 21, 2013, 2:43 pm

    I never see bitter melon before. That is some of the things I like your blog, I learn a lot of the Japanese products…!!!

  • Baltic Maid February 21, 2013, 4:06 pm

    I have never tried bitter melon before. But it looks so good that I will keep my eyes open for it in the store. Thanks for introducing me to something new :-)

  • Terris | Free Eats February 21, 2013, 9:17 pm

    Nami, You always seem to have the ability to make intimidating ingredients seem approachable! I think you should teach cooking courses one day. :) I think that with you by my side I could prepare Fugu! ;) Perhaps one day I will give bitter melon a try and you will be my inspiration.

  • The Squishy Monster February 21, 2013, 9:39 pm

    I can’t say that I’ve ever tried bitter melon but obviously, I need to get on that =)

  • Sissi February 22, 2013, 1:19 am

    Beautiful! I tasted bitter melon in Tokyo (I think I have tasted more new food in one week than during the previous 5 years here ;-) ) and I really liked it as a snack with drinks. It was very awakening ;-) I see it here regularly in my Vietnamese shop, but I have always been afraid to buy it so thank you so much for all the tips and perfect step-by-step photos. You read my mind, as always!

  • Gourmantine February 22, 2013, 5:10 am

    Great recipe Nami, and perfectly light to prepare for the coming Spring (and eventual summer) :) Have a good weekend!

  • Kitty February 22, 2013, 9:24 am

    We are able to grow this each summer since we have such a long growing season. We always have more than enough and are able to freeze some for use during winter. My husband loves bitter melon but it’s not my favorite. In fact he likes anything bitter and favors eggplant varieties which tend to be on the bitter side.

    • Nami February 25, 2013, 10:33 am

      Hi Kitty! I never knew we can freeze bitter melon! Thank you for letting me know. Your bitter melon must be really good, especially you grow in your garden! Thank you so much for your kind comment, Kitty! :)

  • Asmita February 22, 2013, 11:08 am

    Hi Nami,
    In Indian cooking we use bitter melon and I love it. We tend to use a lot of onions to mask the bitter taste as onions are naturally sweet.
    I would love to try this dish. Looks amazing!

  • Hannah February 22, 2013, 1:10 pm

    Lovely, Nami! I’ve had bitter melon in Indian dishes before but not Japanese. I look forward to trying your recipe! The tofu and sesame dressing sounds fantastic – I’m sure I’m going to like this one!

  • Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings February 22, 2013, 7:33 pm

    Nami, oh, I don’t know about bitter gourd…I applaud you for being brave cooking and eating this! I can never seem to enjoy this particular vegetable. Filipinos and Chinese use bitter melons quite often, but I just never got used to it. Maybe one day I will open up to this gourd…

  • Patty February 23, 2013, 7:06 am

    I like so many things about this dish- the bitter melon, tofu, spices, sesame oil and fresh look of this salad! Lovely recipe Nami ;-) Thanks for your tips on how to prepare the bitter melon, I see it all the time in the market but hesitate to pick one up to try making at home;-)

  • Charles February 23, 2013, 2:47 pm

    Hi Nami – I never tried bitter gourd. I saw it once in a Chinese supermarket last year but chickened out of buying it because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. It looks fantastic… like a super crunchy cucumber with a slightly tough skin… that’s how I imagine it to be at least. Next time I see it I’ll be sure to grab one (or five) and get to working with it because they look so fun to cook with… all knobbly and gnarly! :)

  • Lori Lynn February 23, 2013, 5:56 pm

    I purchased bitter melon a while back and did not do anything with it. I buy things that I know nothing about, to learn, but time passed and it had expired. I am so happy to see this recipe. The tofu sauce sounds great for any vegetable, like zucchini.

  • Bam's Kitchen February 24, 2013, 5:22 am

    Hello Nami-san, I also made bitter melon once and had a bad experience so have never done it again. It is a rather funny looking vegetable, don’t you think? I think boiling it instead of stir frying it and then soaking it removes some of its strong taste. I will have to give your version a try. Take care, BAM

  • Sylvia February 24, 2013, 2:18 pm

    I’m a fan of the bittergourd but my hubby hates it! Fingers crossed that this recipe will change his mind!

  • Tataya Kudo February 24, 2013, 4:12 pm

    I was growing up eating bitter melons, but this is absolutely new to me. Bitter melon and tofu sound like an interesting combination. Now as it gets warmer here in Tokyo I saw a lot of fresh bitter melons in the market. I have to try this.

  • TasteofBeirut February 26, 2013, 2:00 am

    Beautiful photographs! I appreciate this recipe as a variant from the ones we use here; sounds delicious and easy to prepare.

  • PolaM February 26, 2013, 3:59 pm

    What an interesting sauce! I tried bitter melon, but BF didn’t like it because it was too bitter… Maybe this will convince him?

    PS first time I see the new layout and love it!

  • Kisa February 28, 2013, 3:34 pm

    Can I used uncooked bitter gourd to make this dish? I’ve tried eating raw bitter gourd – it was a dare I accepted in a moment of madness – and I found that it wasn’t as bitter as a cooked one. Or, maybe the bitter gourd I ate was not a very bitter one. But I still remember the taste of it, and it wasn’t at all bad.

    • Nami February 28, 2013, 7:15 pm

      Hi Kisa! I’ve only had cooked bitter melon so I’m not sure how it’s like. Unless you slice very thinly and sprinkle salt to make it soft, the texture difference between hard bitter melon and soft tofu won’t match inside your mouth. One ingredient is crunchy and the other mushy… you know what I mean? If you don’t mind the difference and liked the raw version, I think it works? :)

  • ChopinandMysaucepan March 1, 2013, 2:28 am

    Dear Nami,

    Chinese recipes usually stir-fry bitter gourd with thin slices of beef and black bean or use it in hotpots and I have never read any other interesting bitter gourd recipes until this one.

    This looks like it can be a quick, easy, healthy and very tasty lunch and I am going to email this to my mum coz she loves salads. Great presentation and photography as usual.

  • Food Jaunts March 4, 2013, 11:46 am

    I personally love bitter melon – I think it’s refreshing :) Loving this simple tofu mix, I think it’d be excellent with a simple grilled fish.

  • S. Howard March 7, 2013, 7:06 pm

    Hi Nami! I am anxious to try this recipe, but I have a couple of questions. Could I make the dressing using sesame paste instead of grinding the sesame seeds myself? If so, how much paste would be the correct substitution?

    I don’t have a way to grind the seeds, but I found a jar of white sesame paste at the local Asian grocery store, and I have everything else that’s listed already.

    Thanks for sharing this, and all your other wonderful dishes!

    • Nami March 8, 2013, 1:36 pm

      I assume sesame paste is very smooth texture so I recommend you to add some sesame seeds to add texture. Even though I ground the seeds, there are some rough texture to it and it blends very well with smooth and soft tofu. If there are only sesame paste and tofu, I feel it’s missing something. To replace the ground sesame seeds, I’m not sure how much paste you need to add. You can try first with 3-4 Tbsp. and mix with tofu, but you probably don’t need to add sesame oil as the paste should have some oil in it. Or you may need to add a little bit but definitely not 2 Tbsp. like this recipe said. I really hope it will work! It’s hard to imagine without trying the recipe myself, and I only know Japanese sesame paste and don’t know other kinds. Good luck and I hope you enjoy this recipe!

  • Stephanie April 4, 2013, 1:11 pm

    I haven’t dared try to cook bitter melon for the boyfriend yet. It’s an acquired taste and I’m not sure he’ll like it, haha.. I really like bitter melon soup though!

  • Rachel May 1, 2014, 8:39 am

    I’m eating this for breakfast right now with rice on the side. Delicious!

    • Nami May 1, 2014, 10:17 am

      Aww thanks so much Rachel! I hope you enjoyed this recipe! :)

  • Kim Si Ho July 2, 2014, 9:04 pm

    Hi Nami

    Im Korean, farmer in Korea, I saw your bitter melon salad cook information.
    so can I introduce your blog of bitter melon salad to my blog?
    if you ok I will soo thanks to you.

    many thanks

    • Nami July 3, 2014, 5:41 am

      Hi Kim Si Ho様

      Thank you so much for asking for my permission. Yes I’ll be happy if you could introduce my bitter melon salad recipe on your blog. Thank you very much!