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Chinese Stir-Fried Bitter Gourd With Pork And Black Bean Sauce Recipe

Updated on February 29, 2012
Bitter Gourd with Pork and Black Bean Sauce Stir-Fry
Bitter Gourd with Pork and Black Bean Sauce Stir-Fry | Source

Bitter gourd or bitter melon is edible fruit from melon and cucumber family (Cucurbitaceae). Unlike regular squash, cucumber or melon with light and sweet flavor, this strange looking melon is totally bitter. In Asia, bitter gourd is prized for its medicinal value.

In Chinese cuisine, bitter gourd is considered as a "cooling fruit' or food with yin atributes. Commonly, bitter gourd is used in stir-fry dishes, salad, soups, tea or for making curry and pickle.

Here is how to prepare bitter gourd, stir-fried bitter gourd with pork. This is a bitter, savory and pungent dish. Salty and pungent fermented black bean sauce is used to counterbalance the bitterness of bitter gourd. The blanching or parboiling is necessary to reduce some of the bitterness.

Bitter melon aka bitter gourd
Bitter melon aka bitter gourd | Source

What You Need

Serves 4 - 6


3 medium bitter gourd

12 oz lean pork, thinly sliced

5 tsp fermented black beans

1 tbsp cooking oil

1 tbsp minced garlic


1/2 cup chicken stock,

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

a pinch of black pepper

1 tsp soy sauce


2 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp cornstarch

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp oil

2 tsp Chinese rice wine

Thickening mixture:

2 tsp cornstarch

1 tbsp water

How to Fix

  • Cut and slice the pork into 2-inches in length and 1/8- inch wide pieces. In a mixing bowl, mix the pork with marinade ingredients. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Wash and rinse the bitter gourd. Split it open and remove the seeds. Slice the bitter gourd into very thin slices. Then blanch or parboil it for about 3 minutes. Remove from the water and wash under cold running water to stop cooking process. Drain.
  • Wash and rinse the fermented black beans in cold water. Drain. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix 2 teaspoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water.
  • Heat a wok over high heat. When hot add cooking oil, garlic and fermented black beans. Stir for about 30 seconds or until the beans and garlic has become fragrant.
  • Add pork and stir-fry for 2 - 3 minutes or until the pork is 85% done. Then throw the bitter gourd in and stir for 30 seconds to combine.
  • Pour the sauce mixture in. Cover and cook for about 2 minutes. Last add the cornstarch mixture and stir for just 15 seconds or until the sauce thickens.

Cooking Tips: How to prepare bitter gourd


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  • jojokaya profile image

    jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

    CHyNCHyN: :)

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    jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

    I agree with you. Thanks

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    jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

    @oldrick: :) thanks for visiting

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    iruvanti 6 years ago from U.S.A

    I love bitter gourd in any way its prepared. It has a lot of medicinal properties.

  • CHyNCHyN profile image

    CHyNCHyN 6 years ago from Malaysia

    Look awful, taste worst.

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    Richard Ingate 6 years ago from UK

    Ha! I remember being made to eat bitter gourd when I lived in Malaysia and being told how good it was for me :) If tasting bad means good for you it really must be! Your recipe looks much more pleasant to the taste :)