Goya Chanpuru Recipe (Okinawan Bitter Melon Stir Fry with Pork and Tofu)

We are making an Okinawan dish Goya Chanpuru, which is a great recipe for hot summer days. Egg, onion, tofu, pork and bitter melon are cooked with miso seasoning! This will help you beat the summer heat!

Goya Chanpuru (Bitter Melon Stir Fry)
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  • 1 Bitter Melonalso known as goya, 250g/8.8 oz for 2 people
  • 1tsp Saltto soften the bitterness of better melon
  • 150g Onions
  • 100g Pork Shoulder Slices
  • 1/2tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2tsp Sake
  • 2 Eggs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 Firm Tofu200g/7.1 oz for 2 people
  • Bonito Flakes
  • 2tbsp Vegetable Oil
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  1. Let's prepare the ingredients for goya chanpuru. Cut the bitter melon also known as goya in half lengthwise.
  2. Remove its seeds and pith thoroughly with a spoon.
  3. Thoroughly scrape the white pith off the thin layer of flesh.
  4. Chop the outer flesh into 5mm (0.2") strips.
  5. To soften the bitterness of the melon, rub salt into the bitter melon.
  6. Leave it for about 10 minutes and let the bitter juice out.
  7. Wash the bitter melon with running water and dry it well with kitchen paper. If you like the bitter taste, you can omit this salting process.
  8. Slice the onion into 1cm (0.4") wedges.
  9. Let's drain the firm tofu and remove the excess water. Wrap the tofu with a paper towel and microwave it for 1 minute.
  10. Cool it down and wrap the tofu with a new paper towel. Leave it for a while and then squeeze out the excess water along with the paper towel.
  11. Remove the paper and slice the firm tofu into 1 cm (0.4") slices.
  12. Let's make egg mixture. Crack 2 eggs into a bowl and beat it well. Add salt and pepper and beat the egg mixture well.
  13. Let's season the pork. Cut the pork slices into 3~4 cm (1.2"~1.6") pieces.
  14. Add the sake and soy sauce. Rub the seasonings into the pork well.
  15. Let's mix the condiments for goya chanpuru. Add the sake, sugar and soy sauce to miso. Mix it well until it becomes a smooth paste.
  16. Let's precook the egg mixture and firm tofu. Add cooking oil into a saucepan and swirl it to coat with oil. Check if the surface is hot enough and pour the egg mixture into the saucepan.
  17. Quickly stir the mixture and transfer it to a bowl when it is still half done.
  18. Grease the saucepan again. Add the sliced firm tofu and brown the surface.
  19. Turn the tofu over. Saute until golden brown and transfer the firm tofu to a bowl.
  20. Let's cook goya chanpuru! Grease the saucepan. Add the pork and stir-fry the both sides.
  21. When the pork is almost done, add the onion. Mix the ingredients together and continue cooking.
  22. Add the sliced bitter melon and mix well.
  23. Add the sliced firm tofu. Pour in the mixed condiments and keep mixing the ingredients.
  24. Finally, add the egg mixture to the saucepan.
  25. Mix well.
  26. Serve the goya chanpuru on a plate and garnish it with the dried bonito flakes.
Recipe Notes
  • Goya chanpuru is one of the most popular dishes in Okinawa.
  • You should also check out our Somen Chanpuru recipe.

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