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.