Sunday, June 24, 2012

Bitter Gourd and Pork Stir-Fry 苦瓜炒猪肉

Some useful tips were picked up from a Chinese cooking show on how to reduce the bitterness of bitter gourd. First, the cord need to be removed thoroughly. Second, after cutting the bitter gourd, marinate it with a pinch of salt. Lastly, blanch it in boiling water with salt and oil added. I applied the tips while preparing this dish, and the bitter gourd tastes less bitter. 

Bitter Gourd and Pork Stir-Fry 苦瓜炒猪肉

half bitter gourd, cored and cut into thin slices
1 red chili, seeded and cut into strips
1 green chili, seeded and cut into strips
200gm pork belly, cut into 0.5mm thickness
1 tbsp fermented soy bean
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp fermented soy bean
500ml water
cooking oil
half tsp of salt

Seasonings (Mix up):
1 tbsp of oyster sauce
light soy sauce to taste
1/2 tsp of sugar
1 tbsp corn flour
100ml water

1. Marinate the bitter gourd with a pinch of salt. 
2. Bring 500ml of water to a boil. Add 1/2 tsp of salt and a tsp of cooking oil. Blanch the bitter gourd for 2 minutes. Drain the water.
3. Fry pork belly in a non-stick pan. 
4. Add bitter gourd and stir fry for a while. Add fermented soy bean to mix well. Stir fry for 1 minute.
5. Pour in the seasonings. Leave it a while without stirring. 
6. Lastly stir-fry till the sauce is thickening. Dish out and serve hot with steamed rice.


Blackswan said...

Nice dish especially with fermented beans! I cook Bittergourd a lot too, we're huge fans of this veg.

U can also soak bittergourd in salt water after removing the core & slicing the veg to get rid of the bitterness.

daphne said...

thanks for the tips! You reminded me of how easy it is to make this. I haven't had this for a few months now!

kitchen flavours said...

Looks delicious! My hubby loves bitter, bitter gourds! So I usually skip the part about getting rid of the bitterness! Hehe!

tigerfish said...

I usually just soak in salt water for abt 15 -20 mins to remove some bitterness. I love bittergourds and recently been cooking quite often - usually pairing with chicken. Yum!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

i always tell my daughter if a bittergourd no bitter then don't call bittergourd anymore, hahaha..Anyway, i still did little steps to remove the little bitterness like you, but i just rub with salt and make sure remove all the white part..Your simple stir fry sound so yummy!


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