I was introduced to eating bitter gourd through my hubby who loves bitter gourd soup.
Anyway today I am trying out a recipe from this link
I don't know if my bean sauce is the same as the author's.
One bitter gourd washed n cut into 8 sections (about 400gm) I discarded the ends
Minced pork about 200gm
Kikkoman soy sauce 1 & 1/2 tsp
Fine sugar 1/2 tsp
Corn starch 2 tbsp
A little oil
2 pcs garlic crushed
1 tbsp black bean sauce
1/3 cup water ( I increased to 1/2 cup)
Sprinkle of sugar
Heat some oil in a pan
Place the bitter gourd on pan n fry at high heat
Then turn down to medium heat n fry till bitter gourd colour turn a bit brown
Flip over n cook the same way
Remove onto plate
Add more oil n fry garlic n the bean paste together. Stir quickly.
Add in the bitter gourd again, add the water n sprinkle some sugar n let the water boil.
Cover the pan and cook further.
This will help the bitter gourd to soften n ensure the minced meat is cooked .
Dish up n plate n pour the gravy over the bitter gourds.
I'm quite pleased with minced meat taste.
The gravy wasn't salty as I was quite scared when using the bean paste.
The bitter gourds was still not as soft as I wanted them so I think I can let them cook longer when covered the next round.
I used this brand of bean paste
Enjoy them with rice! Happy cooking!