I like eating bittergourds, be it stuffed bittergourds , chinese simple stir fry bittergourd with chicken, indian deep fried bittergourd , bittergourd soup or a simple stir fry like this. Not many people will enjoy eating bittergourd i think because of its bitterness, especially children. I have yet to know a kid that actually likes to eat bittergourd. I'm not too sure though of the availability of bittergourds in western countries but for those who have not tried bittergourds, it may not be pleasant for you eating it for the first time due to its bitterness. Some may like to rub some salt into them before cooking to reduce its bitterness and wash off, well sometimes i do that..sometimes i just dont bother doing in when i'm in a hurry to cook.
225gm bittergourd, after thinly sliced weight, washed and drained
120gms small prawns
1.5tbsp salted bean paste ( tau cheong)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small piece ginger, about half thumbsize
1/2 cup water or less
some chopped birds eye chilli ( if you like )
1. Pour some oil into the wok and saute garlic and ginger for about few seconds and put in the prawns. Let them sizzle for a while in the wok till almost cook and add in the bittergourd and the salted bean paste. Toss them around the wok and stir fry them, splashing some water into it if you find them dry. Can add the chilli here if you use them.
2.Put in the sugar and continue stir frying and adding water little by little, cover them with the wok lid and reduce the fire slightly and cook them for about 5-10 minutes. You can check the softness of the bittergourd after 5 minutes and if it's still hard, you can cover them for additional minutes till they turn a little soft with nice crunch. Taste and add sugar/water or a little soy sauce if required. Remove from heat.
A few of us in town here met up during last Friday for a dinner. We do meet up sometimes among us and this time we have Veronica @Quay Po Cooks joining us as she had to come to Ipoh to attend another function the next day. So we thought it would be nice to gather everyone for a dinner. Also nice meeting veron's 2 other friends, Peng and Cindy for the first time. Here are some photos to share, some i stole from Veron and Claire:D
|Group photo with all my sifu|
seated from left to right: Elin, Cheah, Wendy , myself
standing behind: Claire and Veronica
|first dish that we had, some fancy name ..they are fish paste with chicken skin on|
|Black Pepper Udons|
|hmm....lips alike!! Claire said that she doesnt like the wallpictures, reminds her of work!! haha!|
|look at veron's face...so 'cham' ( pitiful ).. .|
..singing 'Tai Lui Far'...haaiz....really cham!
|笑到见牙不见眼..promoting Colgate smile!|