The first batch of Dading bitter melon this year comes into the market on April 13th and it estimated to be in abundant supply in May. Due to its crisp and fresh flavor, Dading bitter melon is attracting more and more people from Guangzhou and Foshan and even foreigners to taste.
After tasting the bitter melon sashimi, Tibi Lostum and Donald Ventura from Canada said it was very delicious. They were curious about the cooking culture of Foshan and hoped to taste more delicacies in Foshan.
Besides, to satisfy the diversified demands of residents, the white bitter melon newly cultivated this year will realize abundant supply and be open to the public.
Ripe Dading bitter melons
"Dading bitter melon” is one of the featured vegetable varieties in Guangdong. Tanbian Village, Shishan, Nanhai is famous for producing Dading bitter melons with a planting history of more than 60 years.
The ripen bitter melons were planted in January. The shed of bitter melon is decorated with green leaves and tiny yellow flowers, which is a relaxing scenery.
It is estimated that the second batch of bitter melons will be ripe in early May and they will be bigger in size.
The authentic Dading bitter melon has rich pulp, a large head and a short body. It is similar to an enlarged green pepper, which has a shape of the hammer of thunder god. With a green coat, crispy taste and cool flavor, the content of sugar and Vitamin D is 10% higher than regular bitter melon. It also has a great effect in reducing internal heat.
The best time to taste Dading bitter melon this year: from May to October
Iced bitter melon pieces
Each piece of bitter melon is as thick as 0.5cm and is crystal clear under light. The cool and crispy flavor is very tempting.
Bitter melon sashimi
The bitter melon sashimi is a signature dish made of 8 ingredients including peanuts, Chinese bulbous onions and taro slices, bringing out the sweetness of bitter melons and the crispness of taro slices and peanuts.
White bitter melon
The white Dading bitter melon is a variety introduced from Taiwan. After two years’ improvement, it firstly realizes mass production this year and is provided to diners.
Dressed in a white coat, the newly cultivated variety of bitter melon will turn into varying degrees of yellow under different extent of maturity. The sugar content is as high as 10%.
Five-flavor bitter melon
Among the five flavors, the sweet flavor is the most special. Sweet oats combine with cool Dading bitter melon, creating a new stimulus of taste!
Cordyceps flower mixed with rice noodles made from bitter melon
Secret sauce, cordyceps flowers, sesames and rice noodles dyed by bitter melon leaves are combined to make this cool and delicious dish. It also symbolizes prosperity and wealth as its Chinese name “捞起” means having a smooth life.
Fried bitter melon
Soft bitter melon is wrapped by a crispy fried layer. What a surprising match!
Fresh bitter melon juice
After enjoying the meal, drink a cup of healthy bitter melon juice. Honey can be added into it.
Conqueror bitter melon chicken
The meat is tender and smooth with a cool and refreshing taste.