Goya Chanpuru

Chanpuru is a popular Okinawan dish and means, roughly, "something mixed." Goya is a bitter fruit, and looks very weird, but it is very tasty with this tofu, egg, and pork stir-fry. Okinawa food is very different from regular Japanese cuisine. You can find many new and adventurous dishes at an Okinawa restaurant.

Yield: 4 servings
Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 goya
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/2 lb firm tofu
  • 1/2 lb sliced pork
  • 1 tsp hon-dashi
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • bonito (optional)
  1. Cut goya lengthwise, remove seeds with a spoon, then slice. Sprinkle salt on the goya and massage it into the fruit. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Wrap tofu with cooking paper and microwave for 2 minutes, then grill for 2 minutes on medium heat and transfer to a plate.
  3. Heat sesame oil in the frying pan, cook onion and goya for 3 minutes then add pork for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add sake, soy sauce and hon-dashi
  4. Add grilled tofu and beaten egg, mix
  5. Serve in a dish with sprinkled bonito. (optional)


  1. Yes! It's the same thing. It's called bitter melon or bitter gourd in English. Chinese: 苦瓜

  2. I was looking for this recipe.Thank you :)

  3. Oh! Do you like Goya Chanpuru too!?
    I would love to go to Okinawa and have real Goya Chanpuru!!