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.
Wash chicken and rinse well. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.
Add light soy sauce into chicken pieces.
Followed by some white pepper.
And some cooking wine (optional).
Lastly add some cornstarch.
Mix well together and marinade for about 30 minutes.
Wash and rinse a large 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.
Rub the cut bitter gourd with salt.
Boil some water in a pan.
Blanch the bitter gourd for about 1 minute.
Drain the bitter gourd with a strainer.
Rinse the bitter gourd under cold running water. Then set aside.
Then prepare ingredients to make the seasoning.
Mix the seasoning ingredients in a bowl.
Then prepare ingredients to fry the chicken and bitter gourd.
Saute half the garlic and sliced gingers till fragrant.
Then add the marinated chicken. Stir fry over medium high heat till half cooked.
Dish out the chicken and set aside.
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.
Toss in the blanched bitter gourd.
Followed by the fried chicken pieces. Mix well.
Pour in the gravy mixture and stir well.
Bring the gravy mixture to a boil.
Cover with a wok cover. Simmer ( under medium low heat) for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
Then thicken the gravy with some cornstarch mixture.
Dish out onto serving plate and serve warm.
Taste real good with steamed rice.
SO ….. ENJOY!