bitter cucumber, bitter gourd
mo gwa, foo gwa
The bitter melon has a distinctive warty texture, oblong shape and is light green in color True to its name, bitter melon is bitter in flavor and is often blanched or salted before use to reduce its bitter quality. Bitter melon is used in Cantonese cooking often stir-fried, stuffed and fried, or braised. It is also curried (Indian), pickled (Ceylonese), and used in salads (Indonesian).