Stir Fried Bitter Gourd With Salted Egg Yolk – 咸蛋黄炒苦瓜

Green, pod-shaped and covered in what seems like blisters all over its skin – this distinct looking vegetable-fruit definitely does not look pleasing to the eyes. Like its name implies, bitter gourd has an acrid bitter flavour that may be difficult for many to appreciate. However, looking past that ‘slightly disturbing’ appearance and sharp taste, this bumpy-looking vegetable is an excellent source of vitamins and is packed with a long list of nutritional properties.

But even with that suite of health benefits, it’s pointless if the main ingredient totally robs the joys of eating it. Here’s why we have found the perfect solution for you to restore your health and at the same time, counter all that bitterness!

Salted egg yolk is the answer – the simplest, most effective way to mask that sharp bitter taste.

The fusion of rich salty and sweet umami flavour goes well with almost everything, it’s no wonder this all-purpose orange yolk has been stirring up such a huge craze in Asia. Simply throw in the slices of gourd into melted mashed yolk along with condiments and leave it up to those rich orange orbs to work its wonders, turning even the most unpleasant food into a scrumptious one for all to enjoy!

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  • Servings: 2

  • Time: 20 mins

  • Skill: Easy


  1. 500g bitter gourd

  2. 3 salted egg yolks

  3. 15g garlic

  4. 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine

  5. ¼ tsp chicken stock granules

  6. ¼ tsp sugar

  7. ¼ tsp salt

  8. ⅛ tsp pepper

  9. 3 tbsp oil


  1. Halve and deseed bittergourd.

  2. Slice bitter gourd to 3mm thickness.

  3. Steam salted egg yolks for 5 minutes. Mash it coarsely.

  4. Heat 1 tbsp oil to smoking point.

  5. Flash fry bittergourd for 1 minute.

  6. Season with ¼ tsp chicken stock granules.

  7. Glaze with 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine.

  8. Dish out and set aside.

  9. In a clean wok, heat up 2 tbsp oil on medium heat.

  10. Saute garlic until fragrant.

  11. Add in the 3 mashed salted egg yolks.

  12. Stir fry until foam forms.

  13. Add in the stir fried bitter gourd slices and stir fry for a minute.

  14. Season with ¼ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp pepper.

  15. Serve immediately.

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