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Marinated Bitter Melon II

Vegetables, also Vegetarian Foods

Marinated Bitter Melon II
1 pound, or two bitter melons
1 Tablespoon fermented black beans
2 Tablespoons corn oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon thin soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
dash of MSG, optional
1. Cut melon in half length-wise and remove and discard the seeds and pulp. Cut melon halves into onw-inch thick pieces. Parboil them in boiling water for one minute, then drain.
2. Place the black beans in a small bowl, cover with cool water, stir, and drain. Repeat one more time.
3. Heat the oil in a wok, add half of the chopped garlic, stir for a few seconds, add the black beans and stir for half a minute then add all the remaining ingredients and continue stirring for another half a minute.
4. Put it all into a dish, cover, and refrigerate for twenty-four hours, then serve.
Approximate nutrient analysis when serving four persons, and assuming almost no liquid is consumed. Each serving has 342 calories, 2 g carbohydrate, 37 g protein, 250 mg sodium, 5 g total fat, and 137 mg cholesterol.

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