I am not sure if bitter gourd be considered a vegetable or a fruit but in Philippines we consider this as a vegetable and of all the vegetables this is the one I really don’t like until recently, who would not like the bitter taste of it? in fact this holds the title of the most bitter fruit. Almost every child that I know of will not eat this even adults but I was surprised to see my daughter enjoying this one when I served it to her. Now if you ask why the hell I am serving a dish where you think people would not like it? well first I think it’s not as disgusting as you think once properly prepared and like all other vegetable dishes this packs a lot of good things with it and here are some:
- It’s good for the stomach, it is commonly used in Turkey as an ailment for stomach complaints, In Togo it is used to treat gastrointestinal diseases
- It can treat malaria, especially in Philippines where there’s a lot of mosquitoes. It is also across Asia and Central America.
- It is used against viral diseases like chickenpox and measles like in Togo
- It can help curing diabetes, there are vitamins sold in Philippines using bitter gourd as the main ingredient to decrease blood sugar levels.
- Good source of Vitamin C And I guess there a lot more out there.
- It is found to have anti-cancer compounds.
- These are the only things that I had heard of, imagine the other benefits not listed here.
This dish is one of the few dishes I know that uses bitter gourd so if you know some please feel free to share. I am interested to in what this vegetable can do and now that I love it and got used to the flavour its a great time to try. It took a long time for me to get used to this flavour, so I guess it will be the same for you, but now depending on who cooks it and how it was cooked I can now take it, in fact I love this one. Enjoy it with steamed rice and your favourite fried or grilled meat.
2pcs Medium sized Bitter Gourd, sliced
100g minced beef
100g minced pork
2 pcs eggs, beaten
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup chicken stock or Chinese cooking wine
sea salt or fish sauce
freshly ground black pepper
1. Generously coat sliced bitter gourd with salt and set it aside for at least an hour.
2. Rinse bitter gourd with cold water then soak it water for at least 30 minutes. Drain the bitter gourd and squeeze out the water.
3. In a wok add oil and sauté garlic and onions
4. Add the minded meats and cook in high heat until brown.
5. Add bitter gourd and stir fry for 2 minutes.
6. Add chicken stock or Chinese cooking wine, and then stir fry for 3 minutes.
7. Add eggs mix with the vegetables.
8. Flavour with sea salt or fish sauce then season with black pepper.