Monday, February 23, 2009

Bitter Gourd and Shrimp

Growing up I am used to eat bitter gourd. As the name is, bitter gourd or peria in Malay language, is a bitter vegetable. There must be a reason why God make this gourd taste bitter but edible to the human. I am not a nutritionist nor a scientist to study the benefits of this vegetable. But I think this vegetable is loaded with antioxidant and vitamins.

I try to eat healthy and this vegetable is at the top of the list. I am blessed with this vegetable. It is easy for me to buy bitter gourd here near to my house.
For this recipe, I must thank to Kak Ezza for her idea. The salt from tauchu add a nice saltiness taste to the shrimp and the bitter gourd. For bitter gourd lover, you must try this simple recipe.
1 cup chopped bitter gourd - Too much of bitter gourd will make this dish too bitter. I keep it low at 1 cup.
2 cups shrimp - cleaned and devein. I leave the tail on.
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon sambal olek - blend chili paste
2 tablespoon tauchu - preserved and salty soy beans
1 tablespoon tamarind juice
2 tablespoon olive oil for cooking

In a sauce pan, heat olive oil on medium. Fry chopped red onion until translucent. Then add chopped garlic. Stir well for 1 minute. Then add chili paste. Stir for 1 minute. Add tauchu and tamarind juice. Mix well. Then add shrimp. Half way cook, add bitter gourd. Stir well. Cook for about 5 minutes or until bitter gourd cooked. I don't like my bitter gourd mushy, so I turn off the stove after about 3 minutes.

Serve warm with white rice or in my case, I eat it just like that without the rice. The bitter gourd is bitter as it's name but not too bad when mix with the shrimp. This is really a delicious meal.

Sometimes I eat the bitter gourd fresh on the side.
You can find my other recipe on bitter gourd below:

Tips to reduce bitterness or you can just soak it in salt water for an hour.

Summer vegetables stir fry

Sweet pineapple and bitter gourd

bitter gourd with coconut flakes


  1. This looks tasty - I think. I've never had bitter gourd, but I like other "bitter" flavors so I'd love to try it sometime!

  2. Fearlesskitchen, what are other bitter food you like? Do you mind to share it here?

  3. I think it has been over ten years since I makan peria...about time I tried to cook it again. Who knows, the rest of the family may eat it now...fingers x.

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