Friday, May 5, 2017

苦瓜炒素鸡球 Fried Vegetarian Chicken with Bittergourd

Bitter gourd, also know as bitter melon is widely used for food as well as herbal remedy for ailments such as diabetes, and healing wounds etc.

In Chinese cooking, it is commonly used as stir fry and soup ingredients. Many people are adverse to its bitter flavor but not for me and my partner. One of my maid just couldn't accept its bitter flavor no matter how hard I tried convincing her to.

This morning I chanced upon some website which suggested adding some vinegar into the cooking of this fruit plant to remove the bitter flavor from it and it really works!

I am sharing this simple recipe in hope to encourage more people to accept bitter gourd into their daily diet.

Fried Vegetarian Chicken with Bittergourd

Ingredients 材料

2 Tbsp Sesame Oil 麻油
1 Tbsp Shredded Ginger 姜丝
2 Tbsp Fermented Black Beans 黑豆鼓
100g Vegetarian Chicken Meat 素鸡肉
350g Bitter Gourd 苦瓜 (sliced 切片)
80g Carrot 红萝卜 (sliced thinly 切片)
80g Orange Sweet Potato 橙肉番薯 (shredded 切丝)

180ml Water 清水
1 Tbsp Vegetarian Oyster Sauce 素蚝油
1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce 酱清
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil 麻油
1/2 Tsp Dark Soy Sauce 黑酱油
1 Tbsp Red Vinegar 浙醋
1 Tsp Sugar 砂糖
1/4 Tsp Pepper 胡椒粉

Method 做法

Heat up oil (A) and saute ginger and fermented black beans until fragrant. Add carrot, sweet potatoes, vegetarian chicken meat, bitter gourd and stir fry until aromatic.

Add (B) seasoning and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1-2 mins until the vegetable have slightly softened.  Dish up and serve.

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