Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bitter Can Be Good

I love bitter gourd. Bitter gourd omelette, bitter gourd spare ribs soup, stuffed bitter gourd, bitter gourd & beef fillet stir fry in black beans sauce… however you do it, I love it.

Lotsa people are put off by bitter gourd because of its bitterness. It's such a shame as bitter gourd is packed with lotsa vitamins A, B & C, minerals & high dietary fiber. And on top of all, it cleanses the blood of toxins! Hence if you want a healthier body and good complexion, you should start embracing bitter gourd. It's an acquired taste. In fact, I don't find cooked bitter gourd bitter at all. Its juice is another story though. TeeHee.

Since I had braised pork knuckles noodles for lunch, I decided to opt for a meatless dinner. Diet or no diet, I just can't resist pork knuckles :P

I ♥ Bitter Gourd
Bitter Gourd with Spicy Black Beans Sauce

I did the lazy way by using LKK Spicy Black Beans Sauce. However, if you don't have the sauce, you still can also create this dish with fermented black beans, chilli oil paste, thinly sliced red chilli, finely chopped garlic & some water.

1) Add a little oil in a frying pan and fry the garlic. Before it turns brown, add fermented black beans, chilli oil paste, thinly sliced red chilli and stir well.

2) Add thinly sliced bitter gourd, mix well with all the other ingredients and then add a little water at a time.

3) Simmer till it is cooked.

If you prefer a heartier dinner, stir in some thinly sliced beef fillet when the bitter gourd is almost cooked as you don't want to overcook beef.

It goes well with rice or plain porridge.

Bon App├ętit :)

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