Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Stir-Fried Watermelon Rind

We have sweltering days (temperatures have been above 35C/95F )almost daily. On such a day, I recommend you to eat a watermelon. It is very good for your health! It helps to beat the summer heat! Sugar (fructose and glucose) of watermelon gives you a power to your tired body. Also, it purifies your body. It eliminates toxins from your body and has antioxidant properties!

However, what do you do with the watermelon rind?! Do you throw it away?! Then, I have a good recipe that goes good with white rice ;)

Stir-Fried Watermelon Rind

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20min
Number of servings: 2

200g (0.44lb.) watermelon rind (white part only)
1 tsp. salt
100g (3.5oz.) thinly sliced pork
50g (1.8oz.) carrot
100g (3.5oz.) bean sprouts
6 Chinese chive
small piece (about 1/2 inch) of shoga (ginger root)
* 1/2 tbsp. honey
* 1/2 tbsp. sake
* 1 tbsp. soy sauce
cracked black pepper
1/2 tbsp. starch
1/2 tbsp. sesame oil

1. Remove hard green rind and weigh the white part on a scale. You may leave a bit of red portion.

2. Cut the watermelon rind (1.) into short and thin strips. Sprinkle salt over the strips, let stand for 5 minutes until soft and watery, then squeeze out excess water.

3. Also, cut the pork and carrot into strips. Trim the bean sprouts at both ends if you prefer. Cut Chinese chive into 2 inches long. Cut shoga into thin strips.

4. Heat sesame oil in a frying pan, fry shoga until fragrant, add pork, carrot, bean sprouts, and watermelon rinds, and Chinese chive in order. Add A and stir-fry until the seasonings blend, turn off the heat, add starch with the same amount of water, heat again to thicken the sauce, then sprinkle cracked black pepper to finish.

My original recipe in Japanese is here.

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  1. *mmmm* what great use for the watermelon rind! i totally forgot about watermelons for this heat! i've just been eating unhealthy icecream! haha!

  2. That looks very delicious! I will try this recipe sometime. I enjoy your receipe ideas very much!

    The weather is very nice so I am eating a watermelon now!

    Acutally, I live in USA :)
    I never went to Japan; I want to visit Japan ^_^

  3. Ochi,

    I never thought of this before.I think your recipes is very easy for us to learn and I really appreciate that.


  4. wow Ochi never realized you could actually eat that part. I threw away many rinds this summer. It's hot here too, so we've been eating a lot of watermelon. We just picked one up yesterday and I threw away the rind!!!

  5. Hi Kym,

    >unhealthy icecream
    Yeah! Ha-ha!!!
    I love eating icecream in winter, too :D

  6. Hi Lily,

    >I live in USA
    Really?! I saw your photo in Japan... but was that in the US? I gotta take a look again!!!

  7. Hi jose,

    I think you love this taste ;) Try it out if you have a chance!!! It saves your money, too!!!

  8. Hi jo,

    Yes! Watermelon is a good source for rehydration, so you are absolutely right to eat it!!!

    Do you also grow watermelon?! That's amazing!!!


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