Tuesday 13 June 2006

Bitter Gourd & Pork Ribs Soup - 苦瓜排骨汤

Bitter Gourd is one of the most popular vegetables in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, India and the Philippines. Bitter Gourd, also called Bitter Melon, has an acquired taste. The bitter gourd has excellent medicinal virtues. It is antidotal, antipyretic tonic, appetizing, stomachic, antibilious and laxative.

There are a few famous dishes in Singapore that is associated with bitter gourd like ......Bitter Gourd Fish Head(炒苦瓜鱼头), Stir-fry Bitter Gourd with Egg(苦瓜炒蛋), Bitter Gourd & Pork Ribs Soup(苦瓜排骨汤). Today, we are going to have this Bitter Gourds & Pork Ribs Soup - 苦瓜排骨汤. Don't worry this soup is not that bitter as you think off... don't be afraid of the word "Bitter" Gourd.....

1 Medium Bitter Gourd,苦瓜
300g Pork Ribs,排骨
6 Red Dates,红枣
1 Tablespoon Gou Qizi,枸杞子
2 Slices Ginger,老姜
1 Medium Carrot,红萝卜

1. Wash and blanch pork ribs in boiling water, rinse and set aside.
2. Wash and cut the bitter gourd into half length wise, then remove the seeds and rub the flesh with some salt to reduce it's bitter taste.
3. Wash away the salt then cut into 1cm thick rings and set aside.
4. Wash the dried herbs, peel the carrot and cut into 1" thick rings.
5. Bring a pot of 1.5 litres of water to boil, add in all the ingredients and bring to boil for 10 minutes over medium heat.
6. Then continue to simmer over low heat for 30 - 45 minutes, season with some salt and serve.
7. Or you can transfer everything to a slow cooker and simmer on LOW HEAT for 1.5 hours.

Notes: From my mum's suggestion, she said try to choose those bitter gourd that had wide pattern lines in between and the colour is sort of light pale green then i won't be too bitter for soup. So from from her tips... my bitter gourd soup always turn out to be just nice. Posted by Picasa


  1. hi Ellena! I've tried the soup! It's good and quite sweet!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! :D

  2. Hi Joyces

    Great that u like the soup! :)

  3. Hi Ellena,

    I tried yr recipe last week and it turns out to be very good. My cousin drank 2 big bowls of the soup and reqeusted for more but there is no more left in the pot already. =) Thanks for sharing with us yr wonderful recipes!

  4. Hi jerejoy,

    THanks for dropping by and your feedback on the above recipe :) glad that it suits your family taste. Hope to see u around again.

  5. Thanks for the recipe! (: This is the first soup i've tried to cook, and it tastes really good!

    Wai Yee

  6. Hi WaiYee,

    Glad that you love this soup.... :)


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