Canh Khổ Qua – Stuffed bitter melon soup

Preparation : 15 min
Cooking time: 30 min
Serving Size: 4


  • 200 g GIÒ SỐNG from LONG PHỤNG (raw Vietnamese pork paste), thawed in the refrigerator
  • 6 bitter melons
  • 50 g bean noodles
  • 5 g slices of dried black mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 cups of broth and 5 cups of water
  • Sugar and salt to season the broth
  • Chopped green onions and coriander.


  • Garnish:
    1. Dip the bean noodles and black mushrooms in hot water to soften them, then drain and rinse well
    2. Cut the bean noodles and black mushrooms into small pieces
    3. Mix the chopped bean noodles and black mushrooms with GIÒ SỐNG, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Bitter melon and soup:
    1. Bitter melons: cut an incision along each bitter melon, remove the seeds with a spoon and stuff.
    2. Bring water and broth to a boil over high heat
    3. Add the stuffed bitter melons to the soup and simmer until the melons are tender
    4. Season soup with sugar and salt
    5. Pour the bitter melon into the bowl, add the chopped green onion and cilantro on top for presentation.

Enjoy your meal!