This is a detoxifying dish. Bittergourd is a rich in nutrients and vitamins A,B, C and several minerals that contributes to a healthy diet. The benefits of bitter gourd range from treating mild gastrointestinal problems and inflammation and reducing blood pressure and sugar levels to treating cancer and fighting HIV infections. It is low in calories and a good source of dietary fiber.
With the above benefits, it is worth consuming this bitter taste vegetable. However, if the white inner pith is well removed, the bitterness is usually acceptable when cooked with other ingredients.
Back to this dish, the savoury salted egg blends well with bitterness of the bittergourd. This is a tasty dish that goes well with porridge or rice.
1 bittergourd [300 gm] -remove white pith, sliced thinly
1 red chilli -seeded and chopped
1 hard boiled salted egg - shelled and chopped
1 century egg [pei tan] - shelled and chopped
1 tbsp chopped garlic and spring onions
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp cooking wine
- Blanch sliced bittergourd in boiling water for a minute. Drain and rinse in cold water to retain its' greenish colour and crunchiness.
- Heat a non stick wok with oil, saute chopped garlic until aromatic, add in bittergourd,salted egg, pei tan and red chilli. Stir to mix ingredients well.
- Add in seasoning to taste and lastly add in spring onions.
- Dish up to taste.