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Stir-fry bitter melon beef in oyster sauce

Recipe by:Sam Vang
USDA soil conservationist, Fresno


  • 1 (1/4-lb.) can chopped lean beef
    1 tsp. soy sauce
    1 tsp. oyster sauce
    2 cloves garlic, smashed
    1 medium-sized bitter melon
    1 tbsp. olive oil
    1 tsp. butter
    1/2 tsp. fish sauce
    3 green Thai chili peppers, cut in half
    1 tsp. diced fresh ginger


Combine beef, soy sauce, oyster sauce and garlic in a bowl; set aside. Cut bitter melon in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds, then slice the halves into medium slices about 1 1/2 inches long.

Prepare a wok with olive oil and butter. Pour marinated beef into wok, then add fish sauce. Cook for about 2 minutes and set aside in a bowl.

Pour bitter melon, green Thai chili and ginger into wok and cook for about 3 minutes. Return cooked beef to wok. Stir and serve.

Note: This is Vang's personal recipe. Visit for more Hmong recipes.

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