This dish is similar to what I would usually do with bitter gourd but instead of braising with fermented soy bean paste, I steamed it instead. I also added red dates to cut through the bitterness of the bitter gourd. The dish turned out extremely tasty and the wild boar loved it. I'm not so sure if it's healthier than the braised version but it's definitely easier to prepare.
Steamed Bitter Gourd ChickenPrintable recipe
Prep time: 15 mins
Marinate time: 1 hr
Cook time: 20 mins
Yield: serves 3
- 550 g bone-in chicken pieces
- 25 g (about 18) red dates - de-seeded, cut into half.
- 1 bitter gourd (about 400 g) - seeds and white spongy stuff removed, thinly sliced.
- 1 thumb size ginger - cut into matchsticks
- 1 1/2 tbs Taucu (fermented soy bean paste)
- 1/2 tbs light soy sauce
- 1 tbs Shaoxing wine
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp white pepper powder
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- For bitter gourd, Cut into half lengthwise and remove the seeds and white spongy stuff. Thinly slice then soak in salted water for about 15 mins to reduce the bitterness slightly. Drain and rinse away the salt.
- Mix together chicken, red dates and marinade ingredients. Leave to marinate for at least 1 hr.
- Before steaming, mix together 3/4 of the bitter gourd and chicken then place in steaming bowl. Arrange the rest of the bitter gourd on top.
- Steam on medium low heat for about 20-25 mins or until done.