Bitter Melon Kakiage Tempura
Great recipe for crispy and delicious homemade bitter gourd/bitter melon tempura with a hint of umami seasoning in a batter. You’re gonna love the harmony of the bitterness and umami!
Recipe provided by Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
- 1/2 bitter gourd (bitter melon)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/3 cup water
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of AJI-NO-MOTO® (MSG)
- Black pepper
- Vegetable oil for frying
Wash the bitter gourd and slice a bit off the top where the stem is. Slice the bitter gourd in half, lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape out the seeds and soft pith. Cut the bitter gourd into 1 inch thick slice.
In a bowl, mix flour, egg yolk, water, salt and AJI-NO-MOTO®. (Adding umami seasoning in a batter must be a fantastic experience!)
Heat the vegetable oil (160℃/320℉). Dip bitter gourd into tempura batter, and fry.
Once fried, serve alongside some salt or black pepper. And enjoy!