Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup (Canh Kho Qua Nhoi Thit Ga)

The bitter melon is quite an acquired taste but you gotta give it a try first. For today, I'm stuffing it with ground chicken and then cook it down in a broth with the "pho" seasoning pouch to add that extra depth to the soup. It's light and tasty to enjoy as a soup by itself or with some steamed rice, as in a traditional Vietnamese meal. I think you'll like this recipe!

RECIPE for 4 servings (watch the video)

3 large bitter melons, cut into 3 or 4-inch sections, remove the seeds
Reserve 1 section of the melon to slice it into thin rounds (optional)
1/2 lb of ground chicken
Handful of cilantro, chopped (Reserve 2-3 spoonfuls for topping at the end)
2-3 sprigs of green onion, chopped
1 pouch of "pho" seasoning
Fish sauce to taste, or about 2 tbs
1 tsp black ground pepper
1 quart of chicken broth

1.  Combine the ground chicken with fish sauce, black pepper, onion, cilantro
2. Spoon the meat and stuff it into the melon rounds
3. Place stuffed melons into a pot and pour in the chicken stock.
4. Place in the seasoning pouch to the pot.
5. Cook the melon for about 27 mins on medium, or until meat is cooked and the melon is slightly tender and cooked. Remove the foam floating on top with a spoon to maintain a clear broth. During the last 7 mins, add in the sliced melon pieces. 

Serve with steamed rice!