Stuffed Bitter Gourd Soup (Canh Khổ Qua Nhồi Thịt)

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Stuffed Bitter Gourd Soup (Canh Khổ Qua Nhồi Thịt)
Stuffed Bitter Gourd Soup (Canh Khổ Qua Nhồi Thịt)

In our country, there’s a belief that during New Year time, we need to eat food that has “good” name that would bring good luck for the whole year. One of the food is Stuffed Bitter Gourd Soup, aka Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup (Canh Khổ Qua Nhồi Thịt). Khổ Qua can be translated to tough time has passed. Good luck or not, bitter gourd actually has a lot of vitamins and minerals, Wikipedia – bitter gourd. However, people in Vietnam say that pregnant women should not eat them.

For this easy to make recipe, you’ll only need a pot. The soup has a light bitter taste if you eat the gourd directly. Or you can have the soup and the meat inside without eating the gourd meat which is how our daughter ate this soup.

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You may also like to check out our other soup recipe, Luffa Soup with Shrimp Balls.


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Recipe for Stuffed Bitter Gourd Soup (Canh Khổ Qua Nhồi Thịt) with pork. The soup is lightly bitter and the meat is tasty.
Course Side Dish, Soups
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
For the fillings
For the soup
Course Side Dish, Soups
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
For the fillings
For the soup
Instructions
  1. Cut off two ends of bitter gourds. Cut into 2-3 inches long. Use a small spoon to remove seeds.
    Stuffed Bitter Gourd Soup (Canh Khổ Qua Nhồi Thịt)
  2. Soak mung bean noodles in cool water and dried black fungus in hot water for 10 minutes. Rinse and drain well. Cut the noodle into 1 inch and black fungus into thin strips.


    Stuffed Bitter Gourd Soup (Canh Khổ Qua Nhồi Thịt)
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine all the "Filling ingredients" and minced green onion's white part. Mix well. (The more you mix, the more chewy texture you get.)
    Stuffed Bitter Gourd Soup (Canh Khổ Qua Nhồi Thịt)
  4. Stuff bitter gourd with the filling. Any left over filling, we round it into small balls. Set aside.
    Stuffed Bitter Gourd Soup (Canh Khổ Qua Nhồi Thịt)
  5. Bring water to a boil on medium heat. Season with all the "Soup ingredients." Place in the stuffed bitter gourds and meat balls. Cover and cook for 25 minutes or until just tender.
    Stuffed Bitter Gourd Soup (Canh Khổ Qua Nhồi Thịt)
  6. Ladle the soup into a bowl. Garnish with chopped green onions and cilantro. Sprinkle with ground pepper. Served with white rice or alone. Enjoy!


    Stuffed Bitter Gourd Soup (Canh Khổ Qua Nhồi Thịt)
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