Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd (咸蛋炒苦瓜)

by Angie Liew
Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd

Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd is a traditional Hakka dish which is extremely easy to cook and delicious in taste. Bitter gourd, also known as bitter melon may not be commonly used in Western cuisine but it is very popular in Asian cuisines especially for its health benefits. Bitter gourd is a good source of several vitamins and is known to help lower blood sugar levels. It is also diet friendly as it is very low in fat. As this gourd is an acquired taste, it is seldom eaten by itself. Instead it is always added in soups, stews, stir-fry dishes and healthy juice drinks. Salted egg added also masks the bitter taste so you can hardly detect any bitter taste, only the fragrance from the salted egg yolk.

 

Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd

Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd

Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
Chinese salted egg bitter gourd is a delicious savoury dish. Cooking with salted eggs make the bitter gourd so flavourful and tasty. The salted egg also masks the bitter taste in the bitter gourd. In fact cooking anything with salted eggs will most definitely turn a simple dish into a sumptuous one.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Keyword: bitter gourd, stir fry
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 bitter gourd, 400 grams
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp Chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chicken stock granules
  • 1 stalk sping onion, cut into 2 cm long
  • 2 Salted duck egg yolks, steamed and mashed

seasonings:

  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 cup hot water

    Instructions

    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      To cook this dish, first prepare all ingredients needed for this dish.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Cut bitter gourd into half lengthwise.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Using a spoon, scrape to remove all the seeds with membranes and pith, leaving only a thin layer of white flesh to the green skin of the bitter gourd.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Then cut bitter gourd into 3 mm thick slices.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      After cutting into slices, rub the bitter gourd with salt.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Then rinse with water to get rid of the bitter taste.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Place the salted duck egg yolks in a steamer.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Steam the salted egg yolks till cooked through, about 5 minutes.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Using a fork, mashed the cooked salted egg yolks. Now, we are ready to stir fry the bitter gourd.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      To stir fry, first heat up 1 tablespoon oil in wok.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Add in bitter gourd and chicken stock granules.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Stir fry for about 2 minutes.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Then dish up and set aside.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      In the same wok, heat up the remaining 2 tablespoons oil.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Add in chopped garlic and spring onions. Saute till fragrant, about 2 minutes.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Add mashed salted egg yolks and stir fry till aromatic.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Then add the fried bitter gourd.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Next add the white pepper and sugar.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Lastly add in water.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Cover and cook over medium heat.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Cook till water dries up and bitter gourd turns soft. Season to taste.
    • Chinese Salted Egg Bitter Gourd
      Dish onto serving plate and serve hot with steamed rice. This dish goes very well with porridge too.

Enjoy!

Notes

Choose bitter gourd that is big, has broad lines on the surface and is lighter green in colour if you do not like the bitter taste from the gourd. Darker green colour bitter gourd tastes more bitter somehow.
Salted eggs are actually from duck eggs and they are readily available in most chinese grocery stores.
 

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