Bitter Gourd is one of the things that I learnt to appreciate only after I got married to my husband. It’s funny how something you didn’t like totally, can transform to something you actually enjoy having after several years. I guess that’s how taste buds are developed.

Stewed Chicken With Bitter Gourd

I like my bitter gourd stuffed with fish paste (yong tao fu 釀豆腐), fried with salted egg yolk (which is very common nowadays in restaurant), and of course with stewed chicken which is the most common way of cooking bitter gourd at home.

Stewed Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Here is a recipe which I’d adapted and tweaked from several sources, and I’d tried cooking it many times.

♥Recipe for Stewed Chicken with Bitter Gourd in Black Bean Sauce (豆鼓苦瓜燜鸡)♥
Serves 4 person

Stewed Chicken With Bitter Gourd

You’ll need

2 whole chicken tighs (or 400g of chicken), cut into pieces.
1/2 of a large bitter gourd (~300g)
1 big onion, cut into 8 wedges
1 piece of ginger (about 1 inch), slice thinly
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbs of black bean, rinse and lightly pounded
2 tbs of light soy sauce
2 tbs of vegetable oil
2 tbs of chinese wine
1 1/2 tbs of sugar
1~2 cups of water
1/2 tsp of salt

Method

1) Season the chicken in 1 tbs of light soy sauce in a bowl and leave it for half an hour. Take chicken out and pour away whatever liquid was left on the bowl.

2) Halve the bitter gourd lengthwise, then remove the seeds with a spoon, and cut into ~3cm slices. Sprinkle salt into bitter gourd and leave for 5 minutes, then rinse with water (this will get rid of the bitter taste).

2) Heat oil in wok and fry chicken (drop them piece by piece into the oil) until lightly browned, and then remove chicken from oil.

3) Put in garlic, onion, ginger and fry till fragrance. Put in black bean, fry for 30seconds, and then pour in chicken and bitter gourd. Stir fry for 2 minute. Pour in the Chinese wine and fry for another 2minutes.

4) Add in water and bring to boil. Pour in the rest of the soy sauce and sugar, and once it’s boiling, turn down the heat, and cover it, let it simmer for another 10minutes, stirring occasionally.

5) Taste the sauce to see if you need to add in more sugar or salt, season according to your taste.

6) Serve warm with rice.

Stewed Chicken With Bitter Gourd

The hubs absolutely loves it. The black bean gives the chicken and bitter gourd a very nice fragrance and flavour. My eldest would not touch this dish because she’s not much a chicken fan (she only takes processed chicken like nuggets, sausages; or deep fried chicken); but my youngest, would nibble on pieces of the chicken and not once complained about the bitter taste.

Stewed Chicken With Bitter Gourd

Related Posts with Thumbnails

47 Responses to “Stewed Chicken with Bitter Gourd in Black Bean Sauce (豆鼓苦瓜燜鸡)”

  1. grub Says:

    haha my mum always makes this dish too but i have not learnt to like it yet

  2. Says:

    I like 卤苦瓜…

  3. llewelynn Says:

    Hey, same here… i HATE 苦瓜 last time…. but now i LOVE 苦瓜
    i heard people saying those people that been able to 吃苦in their life, then can only eat /like 苦瓜. don’t know true or not
    have you try the 苦瓜汤 in Bandar puteri puchong… yummy. :)

  4. Samm Says:

    Man…. my sis made this two nights ago. Now you…. I WANT SOME NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW!!!!!

  5. jazzmint Says:

    i love bittergourd, case of kena force to eat when I was young LOL. My mom even cook soup with it!!

    Hey you should try the bittergourd shop in PJ…everything that you can find cooked with bittergourd

  6. a-moms-diary Says:

    I love bitter gourd chicken too, haven’t tried bitter gourd with salted egg yolk though. Agree with Jazz, you should try the bitter gourd restaurant and go crazy with the varieties. Nice shots – somemore got the Chinese panels to accentuate the Chineseness of the dish :-)

  7. zmm Says:

    Grub,
    Aaah.. maybe b’cos you are still young. :P

    Llewelynn,
    Haha.. maybe that’s why you tend to like bitter gourd only after you are older.

    Samm,
    Aaah.. ask your sis to make again. Better still, you make yourself!

    Jazzmint,
    Serious? Let me know where it is. I bet my hubs would love to go and try.

    A-Mons-Diary,
    Haha.. that’s what my hubs said, like chinese restaurant menu. :P

  8. allthingspurple Says:

    how true is that? I also learn to appreciate bitter gourd only late in life! I am going to print this out in case I wanted to attempt it this weekend! Thanks for sharing, Agnes!

  9. Jesse Says:

    robs@fortman.bedded” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    good!…

  10. Lynn Says:

    hammarskjold@capture.sinking” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    tnx!!…

  11. Walter Says:

    dhotel@smokers.massacre” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    спс….

  12. Leroy Says:

    exemplified@sufficiently.joring” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó….

  13. Javier Says:

    lion@glossy.handspikes” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!!…

  14. Martin Says:

    mitral@sulfaquinoxaline.craving” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    good!…

  15. javier Says:

    disturbingly@apothecary.sibley” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    thanks for information!!…

  16. Derek Says:

    purcell@malocclusion.opinionated” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïñ çà èíôó!!…

  17. Rex Says:

    chinaman@johnson.fractional” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    tnx for info….

  18. stuart Says:

    willed@situated.forepaws” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïñ!…

  19. Trevor Says:

    pelvis@proponents.douce” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïàñèáî!!…

  20. jackie Says:

    yd@huzzahs.suzerain” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïñ çà èíôó….

  21. arthur Says:

    unclear@puts.coahr” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïñ….

  22. Shannon Says:

    whigs@cusp.mustache” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïàñèáî!!…

  23. Julian Says:

    diabetes@consensus.snack” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    tnx….

  24. evan Says:

    falegnami@pests.indigo” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïñ çà èíôó!!…

  25. milton Says:

    francaise@thurbers.weight” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó!!…

  26. angel Says:

    sin@simples.loeser” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó….

  27. fred Says:

    nonmythological@questionaire.chopping” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    thanks….

  28. Justin Says:

    casks@roam.tanganika” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    good info….

  29. alejandro Says:

    rodney@blanchard.totally” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó!…

  30. Freddie Says:

    jilted@grinders.lull” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó….

  31. albert Says:

    thickness@sherrill.ekstrohm” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    thanks!!…

  32. homer Says:

    forbad@acquitted.thesis” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    tnx for info!!…

  33. charles Says:

    doctored@blasphemed.keegan” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    tnx for info….

  34. gilbert Says:

    mccullough@harangued.vitiates” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    tnx for info!…

  35. Salvador Says:

    freeholder@legacy.slopes” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    tnx!…

  36. Jerome Says:

    tuc@debates.panel” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    áëàãîäàðñòâóþ!…

  37. arturo Says:

    shaving@credits.thighs” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!…

  38. chris Says:

    orthodontic@arouses.knuckle” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïñ çà èíôó!…

  39. morris Says:

    clarity@stirs.sank” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    áëàãîäàðþ!!…

  40. walter Says:

    corrette@procrastinate.genial” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïñ!!…

  41. Martin Says:

    bows@scopes.invitational” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    thank you!!…

  42. calvin Says:

    honble@torrio.slitters” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    tnx!…

  43. otis Says:

    stops@turnpike.exchanges” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïñ!!…

  44. ken Says:

    morality@ancel.horrifying” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó….

  45. Mathew Says:

    honey@payments.conceive” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó….

  46. Daryl Says:

    toured@tribe.monasteries” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    áëàãîäàðþ!!…

  47. nick Says:

    belligerence@checking.storing” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó….

Leave a Reply

© 2009 My Sugar And Spice And All Things Nice