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Chinese Bittermelon

escargot3 May 9, 2007 04:25 PM

Anyone know of a Chinese restaurant in the East Bay that makes bittermelon?
I have a craving...and am a little tired of the South Asian version.

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    alyssay May 10, 2007 01:16 PM

    I was at Spices! 3 in Oakland Chinatown last week and it was on the menu, I think 7.95$ or something. I didn't check to make sure they actually had it, but since it is in season about this time they should. If you try it there please report back . . . I wanted to get it but I was with a friend who never had bittermelon (or sichuan/taiwanese food) before and I didn't want to scare her . . .

    1. rworange May 10, 2007 11:43 AM

      I'm not quite sure of what you mean by the South Asian version ...

      At Pacific East Mall ...

      - beef and bittermelon

      Asian Pearl
      - pork spare rib with bittermelon in clay pot
      - braised cod belly with bitter melon

      Haven't tried them .. just letting you know they are there. That's also off the menu and not including any specials there might be.

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        alyssay May 10, 2007 01:21 PM

        not sure if this is what the poster meant, but the kind they use in Indian food is different looking, darker green, smaller and more "bumpy" . . . . they sell it at b.bowl, right next to the chinese/vietnamese kind.
        i've only ever eaten this style bittermelon at naan-n-curry on telegraph (it was enjoyable, not very bitter at all) . . . you can get it either vegetarian or with different types of meat there.

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        Armoise May 9, 2007 10:09 PM

        I had it at China Village on Solano—a very simple and tasty preparation, perfect for cutting through the delicious fattiness of the braised pork shoulder.

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          kc72 May 9, 2007 04:30 PM

          if it's in season, most cantonese-style restaurants will have it -- what city are you looking for?

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            yimster May 9, 2007 05:03 PM

            Bitter melon is in season and available all over the place.

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              escargot3 May 9, 2007 11:39 PM

              I'm in Oakland, close to Berkeley. I called half a dozen Chinese restaurants but none had it. I'll check out China Village.

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                yimster May 10, 2007 07:34 AM

                Call Gold Medal in Oakland, I sure they will have it. Bitter melon is more common at Cantonese eatry. Chinatown in Oakland has a lot of them.

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