Sunday, June 10, 2012

Stuffed Bitter Gourd Soup 酿苦瓜汤

I’m not fancy over the bitter gourd soup boiled with pork ribs. Instead, my favorite is stuffed bitter gourd soup. I learned this from my mom. The secret behind this dish is the fermented soy bean used to marinate the grounded pork. It neutralizes the bitter taste of the bitter gourd and it brings out the flavor of the bitter gourd soup. Yummy!

Stuffed Bitter Gourd Soup

half bitter gourd, core removed 300gm
grounded pork
1 tbsp goji berries, soaked in water for 5 minutes and drained
salt or light soy sauce to taste
600ml water

Pork Marinades
1 1/2 tbsp fermented soy bean, mashed
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp oyster sauce
2 cloves of garlic, minced

1. Marinate the minced pork for 2 hours in the fridge.
2. Stuff the bitter gourd with marinated minced pork. Shape the left over minced pork into meat balls.
3. Bring water to a boil. Pour the water into the inner pot of slow cooker.
4. Add the stuffed bitter gourd and the meat balls. Boil the soup over high heat for 1 hours.
5. Turn the cooking mode to slow cook. Continue the cooking for another 2 hours.
6. Toss in goji berries. Add salt or light soy sauce to taste.
7. Serve hot with steamed rice.


Priya Suresh said...

Yummy,delicious and inviting dish.

Solid and Simple Blog said...

Your stuffed bitter gourd soup looks so fresh. :)
I don’t mind eat this every day. LOL.
Thank you for sharing. :)
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daphne said...

i'm the reverse- I love bitter gourd stir fry! but i wouldn't mind it in soups as well of course. ;)

kitchen flavours said...

I love anything bitter gourd! This looks delicious!

tigerfish said...

I enjoy bittergourd quite a lot but have not cooked a soup this way. I braised it with chicken and onions last week and love such a simple dish. I will try your soup version provided I buy lots of ground meat to stuff the bittergourd.

noobcook said...

I think this will appeal to even those who don't really like bittergourd. Looks yummy.


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