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fried bitter gourd

  • Serves: 4
  • Calories: 306kcal
  • Total Time: 45 m
    • Prep: 35 m
    • Cook: 10 m
  • Japanese: Gōya-chanpurū
Fried Bitter Gourd


  • 1 tablespoon salad oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

step 1:

Wrap the tofu in a paper towel. Put it on a tray. Place a folded kitchen towel under one side of the tray and lean the tray on it. Let sit for about 30 to 60 minutes.


step 2:

Cut bitter gourd in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds with a spoon.


step 3:

Cut into very thin half-moon shapes.


step 4:

Put into a bowl and rub with a little salt. Wash and drain.


step 5:

Beat the egg. Cut pork into bite-size pieces. Cut the tofu block in half lengthwise, then cut each half across 3 times. Finally, place the knife halfway down the side of the block and slice across to form 16 bite-size pieces.


step 6:

Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the salad oil in a frying pan. Pan-broil both sides of the tofu pieces until they turn brown. Remove from the pan.


step 7:

Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of the oil to the frying pan and fry the pork and gourd slices until done. Return the tofu to the pan. Add the egg and 1 teaspoon salt and mix.


Serve with bonito flakes on top if preferred.


The vitamin C content in bitter gourds is five times that of a tomato. They are also abundant in calcium and dietary fiber. Thus, they are very good for your health.

Typical Meals – Fried Bitter Gourd