Indonesia Eats

Bitter Melon Omelette

My family style of omelette is added by shallot and chili slices and we enjoy it with sambal kecap manis (kecap manis, shallots, chilies and key lime).

Growing up with bitter melons (pare, paria) for salad, stir fry and dumpling, I never thought making them for an omelette.  I first tasted a bitter melon omelette when I ordered it at a Chinese restaurant in the south part of Winnipeg.  This restaurant is close to a University that many Asian students live surround the area.

To make this bitter melon omelette, there are no exact ingredients to spice up. As long as you have a bitter melon(s), eggs, salt and pepper, that’s all matter. In this recipe, I enhanced with fish sauce and a small amount of hot curry powder.

I learned how to make puffy omelette from my roommate when I was in Bogor. She said, “add water to make a puffy omelette.”

Anyway, I brought this omelette along with sate kerang (clam saté/satay) for my potluck party last Saturday.

Bitter Melon Omelette

Ingredients:
1 bitter melon (about 200 g)
6 eggs
2 tablespoons water
1 stalk leek, take the white part and slice thinly
5 stalks Chinese chive, cut into 1-inch (or 3-cm) long
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot curry powder (optional)
2 bird eyes chilies (optional)
3 tablespoons olive oil
ground white pepper
salt

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Methods:
1. Halve and seed bitter melons, scraping out soft pith with spoon. Slice thinly; toss with salt and let stand for 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse in cold water; drain, dry with tea towel and set aside.

2. Beat together eggs, water, fish sauce, curry powder and ground white pepper.

3. Add bitter melon, leek and Chinese chives; mix well.

4. On a stove, heat a pan to medium. Grease the pan with oil. Pour mixture into the pan. Level surface of mixture gently.

5. Cook over low heat until puffy and lightly browned on bottom, about 5 minutes. Lift omelette at edge to judge colour.

6. Cover the pan with its lid and transfer to a preheated oven 350 F (180 C). Bake in a oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until a knife inserted in centre comes out clean.

Cook’s Note:
Water is generally recommended for omelettes. The water will turn to steam, producing a light, airy omelette.

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39 thoughts on “Bitter Melon Omelette”

  1. What a beautiful plate of omelette! I've never cooked bitter melon this way before. I've always sauteed it with shrimp or pork. Thank you for sharing!

  2. tatabonita (y-rahmas

    Huwaaaa…. Aku seneng pare, pahit2 sitik nagihi hihihihi. Aku paling seneng oseng pare pake bumbu kari yang bentuk paste, enak. Iki yo bumbu kari pisan tapi omelet, perlu dicoba! 😀

  3. It's gorgeous Pepy! I always stir-fry bitter melon with egg and fermented black beans, but after seeing your omelette, I'd really love to cook it this way next time 🙂

  4. pare dibikin omlet, keren.btw, gak pait pep? kapan2 mau coba ah secara punya banyak pare di freezer, thank u pep 🙂

  5. What a beautiful plate of omelette! I've never cooked bitter melon this way before. I've always sauteed it with shrimp or pork. Thank you for sharing!

  6. tatabonita (y-rahmasari)

    Huwaaaa…. Aku seneng pare, pahit2 sitik nagihi hihihihi. Aku paling seneng oseng pare pake bumbu kari yang bentuk paste, enak. Iki yo bumbu kari pisan tapi omelet, perlu dicoba! 😀

  7. It's gorgeous Pepy! I always stir-fry bitter melon with egg and fermented black beans, but after seeing your omelette, I'd really love to cook it this way next time 🙂

  8. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    That's a beautiful omelette. I've heard that adding milk to omelettes will makes them lighter as well.

  9. pare dibikin omlet, keren.
    btw, gak pait pep? kapan2 mau coba ah secara punya banyak pare di freezer, thank u pep 🙂

  10. @Tigerfish: I used Chinese chives as well.@Sylvie: milk can be used as well.@sweet&amp&spicy: nope, it doesn't taste bitter if you pre-process as I did.All: hope you will enjoy this omelette

  11. @Tigerfish: I used Chinese chives as well.

    @Sylvie: milk can be used as well.

    @sweet&amp&spicy: nope, it doesn't taste bitter if you pre-process as I did.

    All: hope you will enjoy this omelette

  12. Xiaolu @ 6 Bitterswe

    I've only had bitter melon in Chinese stirfries but I've heard Indian cuisine uses it too and now there's this delicious looking omelette. I bet the eggs temper the bitterness nicely.

  13. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

    I've only had bitter melon in Chinese stirfries but I've heard Indian cuisine uses it too and now there's this delicious looking omelette. I bet the eggs temper the bitterness nicely.

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