"Food for me was a connecting link to my grandmother, to my childhood, to my past. And what I found out is that for everybody, food is a connector to their roots, to their past in different ways. It gives you security; it gives you a profile of who you are, where you come from." - Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
There is a difference between Vietnamese/Chinese bitter melon and Indian bitter gourd. They even look different. Bitter melon is a lighter shade of green and its ridges are softer compared to its Indian counter part. and according to me, it bitterness is mild comparatively.