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Bitter Gourd Omelette 苦瓜煎蛋

by Angie Liew
Bitter Gourd Omelette

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Bitter Gourd Omelette

Bitter Gourd Omelette 苦瓜煎蛋: A Fluffy Chinese Style Omelette, Crispy On The Sides

Bitter Fourd Omelette is a classic Chinese comfort dish which is easy to prepare and so delicious in taste. Tender fried bitter gourd in a crispy egg omelette is such a perfect match. This fluffy omelette is tender and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the sides. Another favourite style of eating bitter gourd indeed.

Some Tips To Reduce Bitter Taste From Bitter Gourds

If you prefer a less bitter taste, try choosing a bitter gourd that is big and has broad lines on the surface. After slicing into thin pieces, rub with some salt and rinse with water to get rid of the bitter taste. This is one of the popular ways to remove bitter taste from bitter gourds. For many of us, enjoying bitter gourd is more of an acquired taste. After you have tasted the initial burst of bitterness, you will realised there is sweetness in it as well.

Bitter Gourd Omelette

Making This Chinese Style Bitter Gourd Omelette Is So Easy

To make Bitter Gourd Omelette, first slice bitter gourd into thin pieces. Lightly rub with salt and rinse to remove the bitter taste of the bitter gourd. In another mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs and seasonings till well combined. Lightly stir fry bitter gourd with chopped garlic and a dash of salt till slightly translucent. Then place into the egg mixture and combine together.

The Secret To Perfectly Cooked Chinese Style Egg Omelette

To make the omelette, first heat up oil in pan. When oil is hot enough, pour the egg mixture into pan, making sure the bitter gourd slice is well spaced around the omelette. Do not press down omelette as it cooks. Flip over once the underside has set firmly enough and let omelette cook through. Put on serving plate and garnished. And we are done!

Bitter Gourd Omelette

A Savoury Omelette That Is Certainly Appetizing 

This Bittergourd Omelette tastes so good. Slightly brown, crispy on the edges, fragrant, savoury with a little taste of bitterness. Best enjoyed with a bowl of rice or  a bowl of porridge. Yes, having this chinese style omelette with a bowl of piping hot porridge is indeed delicious and comforting too.  So Enjoy!

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Bitter Gourd Omelette 苦瓜煎蛋

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
Bitter Gourd Omelette (苦瓜煎蛋) is a fluffy chinese style egg omelette with thin slices of bittergourd and so crispy on the sides. Enjoy this chinese restaurant omelette with steamed rice or congee.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes

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Servings: 3 people



  • 150 grams bitter gourd, sliced thinly
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp cooking oil


  • ½ tsp light soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper, dash of ground white pepper
  • ¼ tsp chicken stock granules
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil, frying omelette


    Preparing Ingredients:

    • Cut and prepare bittergourd.
      First cut bitter gourd into half. Using a spoon, remove the soft, spongy whitish pith filled with seeds. Then slice thinly at an angle and rub with 1 tsp salt. Leave aside for five to six minutes.
    • Slice into pieces.
      Wash a few times to remove residual salt. Then drain and set aside.
    • Mix eggs and seasonings in a mixing bowl.
      Next, in a mixing bowl, break in the eggs. Add light soy sauce, dash of chicken stock granules and ground white pepper. Lightly beat with a fork or whisk, until the eggs and seasonings are well combined. Set aside.
    • Saute sliced bitter gourd
      Then heat up 1 tsp oil and saute chopped garlic till fragrant. Add in the sliced bitter gourd and stir fry to mix well. Add in just a dash of salt and continue to stir fry until soft.
    • Combine egg mixture and saute bitter gourd
      Dish up and add into the egg mixture. Mix well to combine everything together and we are ready to fry the omelette.

    Frying Bitter Gourd Omelette:

    • Fry bitter gourd omelette
      First heat up 2 tbsp cooking oil. Pour in the combined bitter gourd and egg mixture. Make sure the bitter gourd is evenly distributed and the egg mixture covers the edge and centre of omelette evenly.
    • Fry omelette
      Once the edges of the omelette start to set, reduce to medium heat. Do not press down the omelette as it cooks.
    • Fry omelette
      Once the underside of the omelette has set firmly enough, flip over and let omelette cook through. Pan fry the omelette until set.
    • Fry omelette
      Flip over again briefly.
    • Bitter Gourd Omelette
      Turn out onto a serving plate and garnish with some chopped garlic.
    • BitterGourd Omelette
      Serve immediately with steaming rice or porridge and Enjoy!


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Recipe Video


There are 2 types of bitter gourd. One that is long and the other is a smaller fruit which is more bitter.
If you prefer a less bitter taste from the gourd, choose bitter gourd that is big and has broad lines on the surface. Be sure to rub with salt after cutting into slices and rinse with water to get rid of the bitter taste. 
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: easy recipe, eggs, omelette

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