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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