I enjoyÃ‚ taking photos of quirky looking fruits and vegetables more than I enjoy cooking them.Ã‚ Though I don’t really fancy bitter gourd or referred as bitter melon by certain countries, I bought them for the experimental photo shoot.
I got myself a rather old fruit (or is it a vegetable?) and hence, the seeds and inner pulp have turned reddish.Ã‚ Beautiful, isn’t it?
To cut a bitter gourd, slice it lengthwise, scoop and scrap the inner white pulp, leaving only the outer green parts.Ã‚ Then, cut the bitter gourd thinly.
To get rid of the bitterness, I normally pour on a lot of salt and leave the slices to stand for a while.Ã‚ Rinse thoroughly to remove the salt.
I used half of the bitter gourd to fry with garlic, anchovies and knock two eggs to make a dish. Ã‚ Bitter gourd also tastes good stir fried with tumeric or salted soya bean paste (taucheo).Ã‚ Normally, people like to add an egg or two to the vegetable because the eggs counter the tartness of the bitter gourd.Ã‚ Adding prawns, meats or anchovies will balance out the taste.Ã‚ Bitter gourd can be cooked as soup, adding minced meat as flavour.
It is said that bitter gourd or bitter melon has some health benefits, especially for those with diabetes. You can read more about bitter gourd on Wikipedia.
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