November 18, 2004
Goya Chijimi

recipe thursdayGoya is the Okinawan name for a bitter gourd that’s called “balsam pear” in English and niga-uri in Japanese. I’ve eaten it many times as “goya chanpuru, a scrambled egg dish, but found this recipe for goya chijimi on Suntory’s Macadia site.

Goya Chijimi
serves 2

1/2 goya
1/2 mentaiko (spicy cod roe)
2 eggs
2/3 c flour
pinch salt
1/2 Tbsp oil

Slice the goya in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds, then slice into thin crescents. Separate the mentaiko. Mix the eggs, flour and salt in a bowl. Add the goya and mentaiko. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Divide the batter into four pancakes. Fry on both sides until golden brown.

Posted by kuri at November 18, 2004 05:51 PM


Do you like Goya?? I tried to cook several times. —- but I don’t like GOYA very much.

Posted by: Mieko on November 19, 2004 08:46 AM

Can I put this recipe on my homepage (report page)?

Posted by: Mieko again on November 19, 2004 08:48 AM

I think it’s more colloquially known in American English as “bitter melon,” at least on the left-coast of the U.S.

Posted by: wulong on November 19, 2004 08:51 AM
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