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Bitter Melon with Beef


Bitter Melon with Beef
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 bitter melons, cut in half with seeds and pith discarded, then sliced into quarter-inch half moons on an angle, soaked in cold water for half an hour, then drained
2 teaspoons fermented black beans, rinsed and crushed with the side of a cleaver
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1/2 pound beef filet, cut into thin slices or strips
1 Tablespoon Chinese rice wine
1 Tablespoon thin soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 Tablespoon cornstarch mixed with two teaspoon cold water
1. Heat oil in wok or fry-pan and fry garlic for half minute, then add black beans and bitter melon, and stir-fry for two minutes before adding the ginger and stir-frying for another minute.
2. Add the beef, and stir-fry for one minute until no longer pink, then add the rice wine, soy sauce, sugar and salt, and stir before adding the cornstarch mixture. Stir-fry about half minute until sauce thickens, then serve.

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