Bittermelon and Shrimp at Capital Cafe
I crave bittermelon every year about this time when it is in season. Today walking by Capital Cafe on Clay (btwn Grant and Stockton) in SF Chinatown, I noticed a sign on the window for various "Tuesday Specials." I pounced when I saw "Bittermelon Stirfried with Shrimp" for $5.75.
It was wonderful. There were about eight medium-sized shrimp, and they had been stirfried with a very generous portion of tender bittermelon, along with a subtle amount of fermented black beans. Next to a huge serving of steamed rice, it was perfect with some of the hot (and slightly sour) chili paste provided at the table; it was savory/salty/bitter Cantonese comfort food.