It’s been a long time since we had bitter gourd or bitter melon. I went with some friends to do some Chinese grocery shopping and saw some lovely fresh ones and couldn’t resist buying a packet. Bitter Gourd & Meat With Black Bean Sauce‘s 1 of my favourite ways of preparing bitter gourd; the other’s with eggs.

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Serves 4

  • ±200 g or 1 medium-sized bitter gourd
  • 160g pork shoulder fillet or chicken thigh fillet, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp black bean sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 red chili, seeds removed and finely chopped – optional
  • 150 ml water

Seasoning Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chinese cooking or HsiaoXing wine
  • dash of pepper
  • dash of salt, to taste

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  1. Remove ends from bitter gourd, cut into 2 lengthwise and remove seeds and soft centre with a spoon. Then slice at an angle into ±1cm thick slices. Put aside.
  2. Slice meat into ±1cm thick slices. Put aside.
  3. Smash black beans (in sauce) with back of spoon roughly. Put aside.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp sunflower or cooking oil in a wok or a pan and stirfry the garlic for a min.
  5. Then add meat, and then bitter gourd and black bean sauce 1 min later. Stirfry occasionally for abt 4-5 mins till meat’s cooked (no longer pink).
  6. Mix in chili and seasonings and bring it to a quick boil. Lower the heat and cook until the sauce is reduced and thickened, abt 5 mins.
  7. Serve immediately with steamed rice.

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Delicious.. It’s definitely been a long, long time..

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