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Stuffed bitterlemon in a bowl with a spoon
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5 from 12 votes

Stuffed Bittermelon Soup (Canh Khổ Qua)

There's so much to love about this Stuffed Bittermelon Soup recipe. It's healthy, easy to make and a signature Vietnamese celebration dish!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 45 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Servings: 8
Author: Jeannette


For the broth

For the filling


  • Mix the pork mince, carrot, woodear mushroom, mushroom, fish paste and green bean thread together with the sugar, chicken bouillon powder, salt, fish sauce, water and sesame oil.
  • Use the back of a spoon to fill the bittermelons until full.
  • Bring the broth to a boil and add the stuffed bittermelons in along with the chicken bouillon powder, fish sauce and salt. 
  • For any leftover filling, use a spoon to scoop up small balls and add it to the soup. 
  • When it reaches a boil again, lower it to a simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  • Serve hot as is!