Bitter gourd has a strong bitter taste, to moderate this to some extent is by salting and then washing the cut slices before cooking. Besides using salt black bean, soy bean paste with chilli can be used for stir-frying this dish.
Preparation: 5 mins plus 10 mins standing time, Cooking time: 5 mins
Ingredients (serves 2)
° 250g bitter gourd, seeded and thinly sliced
° 1 slice ginger or 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
° ¾ tablespoon olive oil
° 1 tablespoon salted black beans
° 1 tablespoon cooking rice wine
° ½ teaspoon sugar (optional)
° 1 fresh red chilli, seeded and finely shredded
° 2 teaspoons salt
1. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons salt to the bitter gourd, mix well and leave for 10 minutes for the liquid to drain. Rinse and gently squeeze out as much moisture as you can.
2. Heat the oil in a wok. Add the ginger or garlic and fry till golden brown.
3. Add the salted black bean and stir-fry briskly for a moment. Add the bitter gourd and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of cooking rice wine, sugar and fry for a moment.
4. Finally add the chilli and transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately.