Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Braised Bitter Gourd with Dried Chilli

After having Braised Bitter Gourd with King Oyster Mushroom at Ling Zhi Hi-Tea Buffet, I decide to whip up a simple version of this dish. It tastes nice if you eat bitter gourd which might not be so popular among those who do not like the bitter taste. But I like bitter gourd with chilli. Do you like bitter gourd?

Preparation: 5 mins plus 10 mins standing time, Cooking time: 10 mins

Ingredients (serves 2)
° 200g bitter gourd, seeded and thinly sliced
° 1 slice ginger
° 4 dried chilli, cut into small section
° 1 tablespoon olive oil
° 125ml water
° 2 teaspoons salt

Seasoning
° 1½ tablespoons vegetarian oyster sauce, or to taste
° ½ tablespoon corn flour
° 60ml water

Method
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. Place all the seasoning ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
3. Heat the oil in a wok. Add the ginger and dried chilli and fry for 1 minute.
4. Throw in the bitter gourd and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add 125ml of water and simmer for 4-5 minutes or till the water almost dried up. Pour in the seasoning and stir till it thickens.
5. Transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately.

2 comments:

chow vegan said...

Too bitter for me, but my parents love bitter melon. :-)

Crystal @ Blog*Spot said...

My parents love this too. I use chilli to mask the bitterness of bitter gourd when we I was younger.

There are some not so bitter, but I just don't know how to choose. And by marinating with salt, it says to be able to reduce the bitterness.

Cheers :)

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