Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

by Angie Liew
Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

Bitter gourd stir fried fish is a dish that bitter gourd lovers can never resist. The fresh, meaty pieces of the fish are first patted lightly in cornflour and then deep fried. This seals in the freshness and juiciness of the fish meat and the mildly, spicy and salty black bean sauce just clings to the slightly starchy and crisp coating of the fried fish. This dish is best served with a bowl of piping hot rice.

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Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd
By Angie Liew of Huang Kitchen
Bitter gourd stir fried fish is a dish that bitter gourd lovers can never resist. The fresh, meaty pieces of the fish are first patted lightly in cornflour and then deep fried. This seals in the freshness and juiciness of the fish meat and the mildly, spicy and salty black bean sauce just clings to the slightly starchy and crisp coating of the fried fish. This dish is best served with a bowl of piping hot rice.
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Instructions
  1. Halve the bitter gourd lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Cut the bitter gourd into thin slices.
    Halve the bitter gourd lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Cut the bitter gourd into thin slices.
  2. Blanch the bitter gourd in hot water with salt added, about 2 minutes. (To remove bitterness ). Remove and set aside.
    Blanch the bitter gourd in hot water with salt added, about 2 minutes. (To remove bitterness ). Remove and set aside.
  3. Cut the fish into pieces, wash and drain well. Marinate the fish pieces with some salt and pepper. Coat the fish with cornflour.
    Cut the fish into pieces, wash and drain well. Marinate the fish pieces with some salt and pepper. Coat the fish with cornflour.
  4. Heat up a wok with some oil. Fry the fish until slightly brown. Set aside.
    Heat up a wok with some oil. Fry the fish until slightly brown. Set aside.
  5. Heat up some oil in a saucepan or wok. Stir fry garlic, onions, shallot, fermented black bean and bird's eye chili until fragrant.
    Heat up some oil in a saucepan or wok. Stir fry garlic, onions, shallot, fermented black bean and bird's eye chili until fragrant.
  6. Add the blanched bitter gourd and stir fry over high heat for about 2 minutes. Then add the seasonings. Stir everything together. Add in hot water using the same bowl for the seasoning. Stir fry evenly.
    Add the blanched bitter gourd and stir fry over high heat for about 2 minutes. Then add the seasonings. Stir everything together. Add in hot water using the same bowl for the seasoning. Stir fry evenly.
  7. Lastly put in the fried fish pieces. Toss the fish with the stir fried ingredients for about 1 minute. Serve warm with rice.
    Lastly put in the fried fish pieces. Toss the fish with the stir fried ingredients for about 1 minute. Serve warm with rice.
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To stir fry fish with bitter gourd:

Clean fish, cut into pieces and season with some salt and white pepper

Clean fish, cut into pieces and season with some salt and white pepper.

 

Rinse bitter gourd and cut into thin slices

Rinse bitter gourd and cut into thin slices.

Cut and chopped onions, garlic, ginger and bird's eye chilies. Rinse fermented black bean.

Cut and chop onions, garlic, ginger and bird’s eye chilies. Rinse fermented black bean.

Prepare the seasonings for the dish

Prepare the seasonings for the dish.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

Mix the seasonings well in a small bowl.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

Boil some water in a pan and add some salt into it.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

Blanch the bitter gourd in the boiling water, about 1 minute.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

Remove and drained the blanched bitter gourd. Then set aside.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

Coat the fish pieces with some cornflour.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

 Heat up oil in a wok.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

 Scald the fish pieces in the hot oil.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

 Remove the fried fish from the oil and drained.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

 Heat up some oil in the wok and saute minced garlic until fragrant.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

 Add chopped shallots.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

 Followed by chopped ginger.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

Then add the chopped bird’s eye chilies and onions.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

 Lastly add the black fermented beans.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

 Stir fry all the ingredients until fragrant.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

 Then add the blanched bitter gourd and stir fry over high heat for about 2 minutes.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

 Add in the seasonings and stir until evenly spread.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

 Then add hot water using the same bowl for the seasonings.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

 Lastly put in the fried fish pieces and toss in the stir fried ingredients for about 1 minute.

Stir Fried Fish With Bitter Gourd

 And you’re done! Garnish with green onions and sliced red chillies. Serve warm with steamed rice.

SO … ENJOY!

   

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4 comments

huangkitchen September 28, 2015 - 7:42 pm

Try rubbing bitter gourd with salt ( 1 tbsp), leave a while before rinsing. Then blanch in hot water. Also choose bitter gourd that are greenish yellow in colour and the grooves are far apart. Avoid bitter gourd with narrow grooves and dark green in colour as these tend to be very bitter. Hope this helps.

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Jaclyn Chen September 28, 2015 - 3:42 pm

How much salt do you add to remove the bitterness? I added probably 1 tbsp to 800ml of water and it’s still a little bitter. I was hoping to remove all of the bitterness so that my husband and daughter would eat this. Nonetheless the dish tasted fantastic to me! I stir fried some cooked sweet potato tang hoon (Korean vermicelli) towards the end so that it became a 1 dish meal and left out the 50ml of hot water cuz I didn’t have any available. I also substitute light soy sauce with Red Boat fish sauce.

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huangkitchen September 28, 2015 - 7:56 pm

Try rubbing bitter gourd with salt (1 tbsp), leave a while before rinsing. Then blanch in hot water. Also choose bitter gourd that are greenish yellow in colour and the grooves are far apart. Avoid bitter gourd with narrow grooves and dark green in colour as these tend to be very bitter. Hope this helps.

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