bitter gourd with salted egg

It has been a hectic past 3 months and I have not been able to update this blog with more delicious asian food. I will be moving to a new house soon (with a new kitchen fitted with an oven!) and you can expect more recipes to come your way once I settle down.

Anyway, I was back in Kuching early March and my mother-in-law cooked this dish which I found most interesting indeed. Here, we have the bitter gourd (some find it bitter, some insists that it is bitter sweet) given a stir fry and coated with salted egg to give it a unique light salted taste. The other interesting thing I found about this dish is that the bitter gourd is not sliced diagonally or sliced across but rather, the bitter gourd is sliced length-wise, not unlike the satayman who deftly slices cucumber to pair with satay. Basically, you hold the bitter gourd and slice away from you and slowly turning the bitter gourd clockwise or anti clockwise as you continue slicing through. The seed is discarded.

This recipe is easy to cook though I must confess that I did not taste it at all. In case you forgot, I am not partial to bitter gourd. Nevertheless, my wife loved it and there were no leftovers. If you are a fan of bitter gourd and you are bored with the usual bitter gourd chicken recipe, why don’t you give this recipe a try?

This is my mother-in-law’s recipe for Fried Bitter Gourd with Salted Egg


  • 1 medium sized bitter gourd (sliced, seed discarded)
  • 1 salted egg (break into a bowl and using a butter knife, gently cut the yolk into smaller pieces in the bowl)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil


  • Salt and pepper to taste (if necessary)


Heat oil in wok till smoking hot. Reduce heat to low and add garlic. Stir briskly and add bitter gourd. Increase heat to high and stir well.

Sprinkle warm water once in a while to keep bitter gourd moist and cook until bitter gourd is limp or to desired softness.

Once bitter gourd is cooked to desired softness, pour salted egg over the bitter gourd and stir until salted egg is cooked. Add seasoning if desired.

Dish up and serve with steamed white rice.

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  1. 1
    April 6th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I was just about to email u today, asking why no updates, and then you posted, yay ;D I like salty and bitter taste, this is so comfort food ;p

  2. 2
    April 8th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    It looks like choko more than bitter gourd O.o

  3. 3
    April 8th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    phewwww thank goodness you’re back!!! i tasted this dish but they cooked it with prawns over at Mui Hiong Restaurant in Imbi. very yummy but doubt i’l be cooking this cos i’ll be the only one eating them hahaha

  4. 4
    My Taste Heaven
    April 12th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Always fried bitter gourd with eggs, but with salt eggs would be a good try!

  5. 5
    April 19th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    I luv bitter gourd but no kaki to join me now. Will bookmark this recipe to try it out later. Btw, it is great to see you blogging again! Looking forward to your upcoming “hochiak” recipes!

  6. 6
    April 21st, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Welcome back! and congrats on your new home. What a way of slicing bitter gourd. Lovely and authentic recipe! Waiting for more upcoming post!

  7. 7
    Scott at Realepicurean
    May 2nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Fantastic and original looking. I’ve not eaten anything quite like this before!

  8. 8
    May 6th, 2009 at 6:12 am

    omg!! i am so excited to find your blog!! you are a godsend!! gosh… currently studying overseas and well, in conclusion, there are no cheap places to eat…especially when you have classes from 9-7pm!! starting to run outta ideas of what to eat and then, BAM!! came across your blog.. gonna get my parents to send some of the ingredients over though.. thanks a mill!! saved me from dying of boredom from eating maggi everyday..literally..

  9. 9
    May 12th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I love bitter gourd, and I have it on a weekly basis. First time I saw a bitter gourd dish with salted eggs. Looks delicious. I hope my wife is reading this and gets the hint.

    I think this dish will go great with plain porridge.

    Congrats on moving to your new house!

  10. 10
    May 31st, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Made this tonite and absolutely loved it!

  11. 11
    June 17th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Will try ur recipe nextwik.

  12. 12
    July 2nd, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Woi Nephew, don’t forget to chia me to your housewarming. Make sure you cook for me. I no like cater food :p

  13. 14
    October 28th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I tried this last nite and it was good. Was surprised that my girl ate it too.

    Thanks for all the recipes.. and they are so easy to prepare too..(“,)

  14. 15
    November 17th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks everyone!!

  15. 16
    Abdul Wahub
    September 1st, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Bro, I was reviewing a bitter gourd restaurant review in The Star and they served this dish. Wondered how they cooked it!

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ll try to make the original one and maybe add a bit of chilli to give it a bit of kick.. Dusyum!

    Thanks again, bro!


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