Stuffed Bitter Gourd with Chicken and Black Beans
A traditional Hakka dish with a twist, this stuffed bitter gourd will win hearts at the dinner table
Let's start cooking!
Step 1 - Cut and de-seed bitter gourd
- Cut the bitter gourd to 2 cm cylinders, deseed, sprinkle salt and leave for 15 to 20 minutes
Step 2 - Cook the bitter gourd
- In a pot, heat up enough vegetable oil for deep-frying. When the oil is hot, gently add in bitter gourd a few at a time and fry for 30 to 40 seconds.
Step 3 - Cook the stuffing
In a pan on high heat, heat up 2 Tbsp vegetable oil and 2 Tbsp sesame oil together. Fry garlic, ginger and fermented black beans. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant.
Add in 3 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp white pepper and 2 Tbsp Shaoxing rice wine.
Add in chicken pieces and toss until evenly coated. Stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Step 4 - Stuff the bitter gourd
- In a dish safe for steaming, place bitter gourd cylinders neatly and spoon the chicken pieces into them.
Step 5 - Steam the bitter gourd
Steam the stuffed bitter gourd mixture for 15 to 20 minutes, until chicken is cooked.
Once cooked, sprinkle the diced red chilies and spring onions on top and return to steam for another 3 to 4 minutes.
Garnish and serve!
Garnish with coriander and serve hot in baking dish