Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

by Angie Liew

 

Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Braised chicken with bitter gourd is a classic home-cooked dish that most Asian Chinese households are familiar with. It’s a very tasty dish with a hint of bitter notes from the bitter gourd and the sweetness of the tender chicken as well as the savoury fermented yellow bean paste and black beans. Anyone who do not favour bitter gourd will surely start to love this humble gourd once they are introduced to this flavourful dish.    

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Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd
By Angie Liew of Huang Kitchen
Braised chicken with bitter gourd is a classic home-cooked dish that most Asian Chinese households are familiar with. It's a very tasty dish with a hint of bitter notes from the bitter gourd and the sweetness of the tender chicken as well as the savoury fermented yellow bean paste and black beans. Anyone who do not favour bitter gourd will surely start to love this humble gourd once they are introduced to this flavourful dish.
Serving For
4
Prep Time
40minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Serving For
4
Prep Time
40minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Ingredients
(Marinade)
(Seasoning) - mix together in a bowl
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Instructions
  1. Clean chicken with some salt, rinse and drained well. Remove skin from chicken and cut into bite size pieces.
    Clean chicken with some salt, rinse and drained well. Remove skin from chicken and cut into bite size pieces.
  2. Mix well all ingredients for marinade into the chicken and marinade for about half an hour.
    Mix well all ingredients for marinade into the chicken and marinade for about half an hour.
  3. Cut the bitter gourd in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Cut each half crosswise into 3 inch in length. Then cut each piece lengthwise into strips of about 3/4 inch in width. Rub the cut bitter gourd with salt.
    Cut the bitter gourd in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Cut each half crosswise into 3 inch in length. Then cut each piece lengthwise into strips of about 3/4 inch in width. Rub the cut bitter gourd with salt.
  4. Bring a pan of water to a boil. Blanch the bitter gourd for about 1 minute. Drain and rinse the bitter gourd in cold water. Set aside.
    Bring a pan of water to a boil. Blanch the bitter gourd for about 1 minute. Drain and rinse the bitter gourd in cold water. Set aside.
  5. Heat up 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a wok. Saute half the garlic and ginger until fragrant. Then add chicken. Stir fry chicken for about 3 minutes on medium high heat, or until chicken is half done. (Chicken begins to shrink and firm up). Dish the chicken out and set aside.
    Heat up 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a wok. Saute half the garlic and ginger until fragrant. Then add chicken. Stir fry chicken for about 3 minutes on medium high heat, or until chicken is half done. (Chicken begins to shrink and firm up). Dish the chicken out and set aside.
  6. Reheat wok and add a little bit more oil. When oil is hot, add in the remaining half garlic and ginger. Stir fry until aromatic and lightly browned. Then add the yellow bean paste and fermented black bean. Stir to mix well.
    Reheat wok and add a little bit more oil. When oil is hot, add in the remaining half garlic and ginger. Stir fry until aromatic and lightly browned. Then add the yellow bean paste and fermented black bean. Stir to mix well.
  7. Add in bitter gourd and saute, followed by the chicken pieces. Mix well together.
    Add in bitter gourd and saute, followed by the chicken pieces. Mix well together.
  8. Pour in the gravy mixture (seasoning), stir well and bring to a boil. Then cover, turn the heat to medium low and let simmer for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
    Pour in the gravy mixture (seasoning), stir well and bring to a boil. Then cover, turn the heat to medium low and let simmer for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  9. Then add the cornstarch paste. Toss the chicken and the bitter gourd until sauce thickens.
    Then add the cornstarch paste. Toss the chicken and the bitter gourd until sauce thickens.
  10. Dish out and serve hot with steamed rice.
    Dish out and serve hot with steamed rice.
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  To cook braised chicken with bitter gourd:

Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

 Wash chicken and rinse well. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

 Add light soy sauce into chicken pieces.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Followed by some white pepper.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

And some cooking wine (optional).

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Lastly add some cornstarch.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Mix well together and marinade for about 30 minutes.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Wash and rinse a large bitter gourd.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Halve the bitter gourd lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Cut each half crosswise into 3 inch in length. Then cut each piece lengthwise into strips of about 3/4 inch in width.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Rub the cut bitter gourd with salt.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Boil some water in a pan.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Blanch the bitter gourd for about 1 minute.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Drain the bitter gourd with a strainer.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Rinse the bitter gourd under cold running water. Then set aside.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

 Then prepare ingredients to make the seasoning.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Mix the seasoning ingredients in a bowl.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Then prepare ingredients to fry the chicken and bitter gourd.

     

Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd Heat some vegetable oil in a wok.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Saute half the garlic and sliced gingers till fragrant.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Then add the marinated chicken. Stir fry over medium high heat till half cooked.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Dish out the chicken and set aside.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Heat a little oil in same wok.  Add the remaining minced garlic and sliced ginger. Fry till aromatic and then add in the fermented black bean and yellow bean paste. Stir to mix well.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Toss in the blanched bitter gourd.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Followed by the fried chicken pieces. Mix well.

    Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Pour in the gravy mixture and stir well.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Bring the gravy mixture to a boil.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Cover with a wok cover. Simmer ( under medium low heat) for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Then thicken the gravy with some cornstarch mixture.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Dish out onto serving plate and serve warm.

      Malaysian Style Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Taste real good with steamed rice.

 

SO ….. ENJOY!

 

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