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May 9, 2007 04:25 PM

Chinese Bittermelon

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

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    1. re: kc72

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

      1. re: kc72

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

        1. re: escargot3

          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.

      2. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: rworange

            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.

          2. 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 . . .