Stir-fry Bitter Gourd with Salted Egg [25]

Stir-fry Bitter Gourd with Salted Egg

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Stir-fry Bitter Gourd with Salted Egg

Adapted/Modified from “Truly Hakka Delights” by Chong Moi Eng

According to some researchers, Bitter gourd becomes medicinal because it is very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folate, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has a high dietary fiber. It is also rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana. Aside from that, bitter gourd also contains a unique phyto-constituent that has been confirmed to have a hypoglycemic effect called charantin. This is another insulin-like compound known as polypeptide P which have been suggested as insulin replacement in some diabetic patients.

Bitter gourd is the best treatment for diabetes because it contains three active substances with anti-diabetic properties, including charantin, which has been confirmed to have a blood glucose-lowering effect, vicine and an insulin-like compound known as polypeptide-p. These substances either work individually or together to help reduce blood sugar levels. Bitter gourd also contains a lectin that reduces blood glucose concentrations by acting on peripheral tissues and suppressing appetite similar to the effects of insulin in the brain. The said lectin is thought to be a major factor behind the hypoglycemic effect that develops after eating bitter melon.

In the ancient Chinese Medical Classics “本草綱目”, “bitter gourd is bitter in taste, cold in flavor and has the ability to clear body and summer heat”. So many Chinese like to prepare food with bitter gourd during the hot seasons as bitter gourd helps to clear heat symptoms and removes the general toxins in the body. For the same reason, If you have a cold body constitution, weak body or diarrhea, you should not eat bitter gourd.


  • 1 piece (about 300g) bitter gourd
  • 2 salted egg yolk
  • 1 egg


  1. Wash and cut bitter gourd into half length-wise. Remove pith & seeds.
  2. To get rid of the bitterness of the bitter gourd, marinate the bitter gourd with a mixture of 1 tsp salt and 2 tsp sugar for 30 minutes, scald with hot water for 1 min. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat up 1 tbsp of oil in a wok, add the salted egg. Mash the egg with a spatula & fry until dry. Alternatively, you can steam salted egg yolks for 10 mins. Mash salted egg yolks as fine as possible before frying.
  4. Add bitter gourd and stir-fry for 10 minutes.
  5. Pour the beaten egg evenly over the bitter gourd and stir-fry until dry.


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