Friday 8 March 2013

Stir-Fried Bitter Gourd With Pork Slices 苦瓜炒猪肉

Stir-Fried Bitter Gourd With Pork Slices 苦瓜炒猪肉

This is a simple everyday dish that many will find easy to cook and it tastes good as well. A traditional Chinese medicine practitioner once told me that bitter gourd is very effective in expelling toxins from the human body.



500g bitter gourd ( thinly sliced )
200g pork ( thinly sliced )
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp minced garlic

Pork Marinade

3 tsp cornflour
1 tbsp shao hsing wine

Add wine to pork and mix well. Then add cornflour and mix thoroughly. Set aside for 15 minutes.

 Marinated pork slices

Bitter gourd

Preparing The Bitter Gourd

1.  In a pot bring 1 litre of water to the boil.
2.  Add 1 tsp of lye water ( Kan sooi in Cantonese )
3.  Let simmer for 5 minutes.
4.  Discard the water and rinse the bitter gourd under a running tap.
5.  Drain and set aside.

N.B.- Always choose light green or ripening ones with shallow grooves over dark green ones with deep grooves.


Seasoning Ingredients

2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar

Dissolve in one and a half Chinese rice bowls of water



1.  Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok till hot.
2.  Reduce to medium fire, then add minced garlic and stir-fry till fragrant.
3.  Add in the 1 1/2 bowls of dissolved ingredients and bring to the boil.
4.  Add pork and stir and let cook for 3 minutes.
5.  Add bitter gourd and cook for another two minutes.
6.  Dish up and serve.

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