Chicken and bitter gourd

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    Chicken and bitter gourd are simmered in a clay pot with soya bean paste and fermented black beans.


    Midlothian, Scotland, UK
    3 people made this

    Serves: 3 

    • 300 to 400g bitter gourd (about half)
    • sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon tau cheo (soya bean paste)
    • 1/2 tablespoon black fermented beans (rinsed, patted dry and mashed slightly with a fork)
    • 1/2 chicken, or 300-400g thighs
    • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and bruised
    • 5 slices ginger
    • 240ml water
    • 1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • light soy sauce to taste (optional)
    • salt to taste
    • 1 tablespoon Chinese wine (shao hsing/hua tiao)

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Cut the bitter gourd in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and white pulp. Rub some salt on the flesh portion and leave for a few minutes before rinsing the salt off. This will remove some of the bitterness (skip this step if you like it bitter). Slice the bitter gourd in half lengthwise again, then cut it to 2.5cm (1 inch) vertical slices.
    2. Heat sesame oil in clay pot, stir fry tau cheo and fermented black beans until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    3. Add chicken pieces, bitter gourd, garlic and ginger. Stir fry until the chicken is no longer pink on the surface.
    4. Add the water, dark soy sauce and sugar. Bring to a simmer. Cover clay pot with lid and simmer for about 15 minutes.
    5. Season to taste with light soy sauce or salt, if needed. If you like, add a splash of Chinese wine to the cooked stew as a finishing touch, and off the flame when you smell the lovely aroma of the wine.


    Cooking Note 1. If your claypot is not big enough to stir fry the chicken and bittergourd, stir fry them in a wok first (steps 2-4) and then transfer the contents of the wok to a clay pot to simmer. 2. If you do not have a claypot, you can still cook this dish using a regular wok or pot.

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    Inspired by the Nice Gourd Festival

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