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
- Generously coat sliced bitter gourd with salt and set it aside for at least an hour.
- Rinse bitter gourd with cold water then soak it water for at least 30 minutes. Drain the bitter gourd and squeeze out the water.
- In a wok add oil and sauté garlic and onions
- Add the minded meats and cook in high heat until brown.
- Add bitter gourd and stir fry for 2 minutes.
- Add chicken stock or Chinese cooking wine, and then stir fry for 3 minutes.
- Add eggs mix with the vegetables.
- Flavour with sea salt or fish sauce then season with black pepper.