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30-Minute Meal: Healthy Bitter Gourd Egg-Drop Soup ( 苦瓜蛋花汤 )

purelyfresh bittergourd egg drop soup recipe
A popular ingredient in the South East Asian cuisine, I have talked about the many goodness of Bitter Gourd aka Bitter Melon in my past posts. The melon is extremely beneficial for the heart in many ways and it helps reduce the bad cholesterol levels as well.

Sadly, many do not take a liking to this melon due to its bitter taste. My teenage son is one example. In order to make him eat bitter gourd, I have tried different ways to disguise the bitterness, and one of the methods is to slice the melon very thinly and add to his favourite egg-drop soup.

healthy bitter melon egg drop soup recipe
This is a no-fuss 30-minute recipe that anyone can cook especially the busy executives who have no time to waste in the kitchen. In fact, it takes less than half an hour to prepare this Healthy Bitter Gourd Egg-Drop Soup ( 苦瓜蛋花汤 ).

stuffed bitter gourd boat with minced pork recipe
Ordered my Bitter Gourd from #PurelyFresh, and I am using only one melon to make 3 dishes on different days. The egg-drop soup was using a leftover bitter gourd from another dish I had made. The Stuffed Bitter Gourd Boat with Minced Meat ( 肉碎苦瓜船 ) required only half the melon as there are only three of us in the family.

scrambled eggs with bitter gourd chinese sausage recipe
I also used some of the melon to make this delicious Bitter Melon Scrambled Eggs with Chinese Sausage ( 苦瓜腊肠炒蛋 ). That's pretty cool, right? One bitter melon to make 3 dishes? I will be sharing the other two recipes later, so let's just start with this simple soup first, shall we?

¼ Bitter gourd
1.5 lit Chicken stock
1 Egg ( beaten )
1 tsp Sesame Oil
½ tsp Salt
Pepper to taste

    how to cook bitter gourd healthy recipes
  • Rinse bitter gourd and remove skin. Use a spoon to scrap out the insides of the melon.
  • fuss free bitter melon recipe ideas
  • Slice thinly. Soak in salt water for about 30 minutes to reduce the bitterness (optional).
  • Add melon into boiling stock and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • 30 minute meal healthy bittergourd egg drop soup
  • Add seasoning and turn off fire. Add beaten egg and stir.
  • purelyfresh bittergourd egg drop soup recipe
  • Serve your Healthy Bitter Gourd Egg-Drop Soup ( 苦瓜蛋花汤 ) hot.
Are you a fan of bitter gourd too? What kind of cooking style is popular in your country?


  1. My Mom usually cooks the bitter gourd with eggs, apparently because it's a family tradition to do so. I haven't had bitter gourd soup, although I don't mind trying it out on a cold night (when I'm too lazy to cook)

  2. I like bittergourd in salted egg or black beans. Another one would be stuffed bittergourd soup.

  3. I love seeing the process of cooking in your photos, Shirley! I am actually making myself a western omelet this morning, with eggs, cheese, onions and green peppers. :)

  4. One of my favorite soup so this recipe I will love to eat.

  5. I always love to learn more about your recipe s Shirley!!!!
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  6. Another one of your delicious recipe that looks and sounds so tasty, Shirley.

  7. looks delicious! :)
    HAve a lovely day!

  8. I have never tried bitter gourd, in fact I had to do a google search to check out what it was like. I'm not sure do we have it here, I should check the healthy food stores because they have a better supply of vegetables that are not as common.

    I really like this recipe. I will have to try it! Anything that takes 30 minutes to finish is very practical.

    To answer your question, yes I did wear a scarf as a part of my uniform when I was a flight attendant. It was a nice scarf so I didn't mind.

    1. You're real cute, honey! You'll probably find bitter gourd in Chinatown tho, but I'm not sure if you'll enjoy. Always love seeing those cabin crew with pretty scarves! xoxo

  9. I love the gourd. More to that, its so good for my other half's diabetes. I love this healthy soup and the eggs, ah! just spot on for the taste.

  10. They look so great!

  11. Everything looks so delicious! I wish I knew how to cook as amazing as you Shirley xoxo

  12. I had never heard of bitter gourd. I'm not a fan of bitter things, but I'd try it, especially since it has good health benefits.

  13. It looks delicious!

  14. So delicious recipe!
    Have a great evening!
    Natallia Jolliet

  15. I haven't had egg drop soup in a long time.

  16. I love egg drop soup, but I don't think I can get bitter gourd around here---will grab some if I ever see it!! Hope your week is going well, Shirley! xo

  17. Ooh bitter gourd - I just had a jelly made from bitter gourd the other day!

  18. yummy! I have never tried it but it looks delicious :D xoxo

  19. Yum! I love egg-drop soup! I've never tried it with bitter melon though. Some days I can tolerate it but some days I can't. I may have to give it a try again since I haven't had it in awhile!

  20. Holy cow I miss having bitter gourd for too many years by living in United States. Yummmm.

    Happy week to you Shirley:).

  21. yum yum! love this soup already!

  22. Love bitter gourd especially bitter gourd noodles. The soup is clear and with sweet and mild bitter taste.

  23. The scrambled eggs look delicious. I've never tried bitter melon in soups and other hot dishes. Thanks for sharing.

    Jasmine ♥♥♥

  24. I'm drooling over all the dishes, Shirley. This is what I call comfort food. ^.^

  25. I've never heard of this bitter gourd, but your dishes always look so yummy!!! :)

  26. I'm quite a fussy eater, but i'm open to anything that is deemed healthy! Love seeing what recipes you come up with Shirley :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  27. What a lovely recipe, Shirley :)
    I love your pics!


  28. I enjoy bitter melon and it's good for cooling but I have no clue how to prepare it. this recipe seems like a good one to start with.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  29. Clever Shirley! Moms must be skilled at hiding healthy food into tasty food, tell me about it! Those scrambled eggs look delicious! Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog - Valeria Arizzi

  30. So tasty!

    God bless,
    Xo, Claire

  31. Looks delicious =) Here in germany we only do a little egg in noodle soup sometimes, but I have to try this, too =) Great post!

    Love, Héloise
    Et Omnia Vanitas

  32. Looks delicious and healthy too!! Yum yum

  33. Bitter gourd is absolutely my favourite. I have been having bitter gourd almost everyday this is weird that I prefer it to be the bitter the better.

  34. I love eating bitter melon with egg :)

  35. Looking so yummy!
    Have a nice evening!
    Angela Donava

  36. Soup looks yum and healthy I will try it sometime.

  37. I can't say I've ever heard of bitter melon. I'm not a huge fan of melon period so I can't imagine I'd like it much. But like your son, if you put it in a soup for me, I'd probably devour it


  38. Looks yummy!

  39. I love to eat bitter gourd and they must be bitter to taste good. Thanks for your recipes.

  40. Wow! This is really an excellent post. My daughter loves bitter gourd (strange eh?) but i'm a lousy cook. I don't know how to cook bitter gourd in a variety of ways except I adore your bitter gourd braised chicken which I learned from you. Now, with this post, I would have more ways to cook bitter gourd.

  41. I am interested with the recipe of scramble egg with bitter gourd and the chinese sausage...

    Honestly, I hate bittergourd. I only tried to cook once and the taste was horrible....

    1. Hahaha! I've to admit it's an acquired taste :D

  42. Im not a fan of bittergroud but i have a friend who juice bittergroud everyday in morning and she is extremely healthy

    1. Thanks for the healthy tip, Pepper! I'm not sure if I can accept the raw taste of bitter gourd tho......... xoxo

  43. definitely healthy for sure haha...but bitter gourd is not my 'fav' well since it's mum always forced me to finish the whole bitter gourd soup whenever she prepares those soup haha


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