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Stuffed Bitter Gourd Boat with Minced Pork ( 肉碎苦瓜船 )

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Be enticed by the kaleidoscope of colours & flavours slowly coaxed into this Stuffed Bitter Gourd Boat with Minced Pork ( 肉碎苦瓜船 ).

Hubby and I love eating Bitter Gourd aka Bitter Melon! That being said, I only eat them if they are well-cooked and not too raw as I am not too fond of the bitter taste. Hence, I enjoy cooking my own since I can control the texture and level of bitterness according to our preference. This time, to add a little dramatic flair to my usual steamed bitter gourd with meat, I made a pretty boat and stuffed with minced pork and wolfberries.

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Besides adding a touch of red to the dish, Wolfberries provides a plethora of health benefits especially for the eye-sight. Do you cook with wolfberries too? Don't you think the Stuffed Bitter Gourd Boat with Minced Pork ( 肉碎苦瓜船 ) is fairly attractive? If you don't eat pork, simply replace it with minced chicken or others.

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In this recipe, not only you will get to taste the soft melon enveloped in the sweetness from the meat and wolfberry herbs, you will also get to bite into the juicy minced meat.

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I have been shopping with PurelyFresh, the Singapore online grocery store, for some time now. One of the reasons why I enjoy shopping with them is that my meat, seafood and vegetables are always delivered nice and fresh. My family is so blessed with all the fresh ingredients delivered right to our doorstep, and the delivery men are always so helpful and friendly. Look at the mouth-watering 3 Dishes 1 Soup meal ( 三菜一汤 ) that I had whipped up for my family of three some time ago using PurelyFresh's fresh ingredients:

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  • Papaya Pork Rib Soup ( 木瓜排骨湯 )
  • Pan-Fried Teriyaki Cod Fish ( 日式香煎鳕鱼 )
  • Scrumptious Hotplate Tofu with Prawns ( 铁板豆腐虾 )
  • Stuffed Bitter Gourd Boat with Minced Pork ( 肉碎苦瓜船 )
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Recipe for this Bitter Gourd Boat Steamed with Minced Pork and Wolfberries is finally out! Apology for the delay due to my two-week vacation in the Eastern Europe, all my posts are piling up. Well, I am glad to share my experimental boat-style recipe, which turned out rather satisfactory. Come, let's go to the kitchen..............

½ Large Bitter Gourd
250g Minced Pork or Chicken
1 tbsp Wolfberries
2 tbsp Chicken Broth

Marinade for Meat:
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp Chinese Cooking Wine / Shaoxing Wine ( 紹興花雕酒 )
½ tsp Minced Ginger
1 tsp Oyster Sauce
1 tsp Soy Sauce
½ tsp Corn Flour
½ tsp Brown Bean Paste
Pinch of Salt and Pepper

    cooking with bitter gourd
  • Chop off both ends of bitter gourd and remove skin. Cut the melon into half, and scrape out the seeds using a spoon. Soak bitter gourd in salt water for about an hour to get rid of bitterness.
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  • Marinate meat for about 30 minutes. Soak wolfberries in water till soft. Keep some for presentation, and mix the rest of wolfberries with meat.
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  • *Note: Stuff the meat gently and loosely into the bitter gourd boat or your meat will turn out too hard when cooked. Place onto serving plate, and top with more wolfberries if you like. Drizzle broth on it and wrap it loosely with cling wrap. Alternatively, if you prefer your bitter gourd to be soft and mushy, you may like to steam the melon first until it is half-cooked, then stuff it with meat and continue to steam.
  • I used microwave and put it on auto steam mode. If you don't have a microwave, steam the boat till soft or for about 15 - 20 minutes. Use a toothpick to check the texture of meat. If toothpick comes out clean without any traces of raw meat stuck onto it, the dish is ready.
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  • I hope you will enjoy this Stuffed Bitter Gourd Boat with Minced Pork ( 肉碎苦瓜船 ) as much as we did.
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Check out this delicious Hotplate Tofu with Prawns, Fuss-Free Home Cooking! ( 铁板豆腐虾 ) that I had cooked previously!

Here's what to do with the other half of the Bittergourd:

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* This is a sponsored post by PurelyFresh. The author only recommends products or services she uses personally which she believes to be beneficial for her readers. Views and opinions expressed in this blog are purely by the author.


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  3. I don't know what Wolfberries are but my husband loves bitter melons, I'm not much of a fan because of its bitterness, but this one's different and I'm sure he'll love this.

  4. Btw, I'll share this to my fb page so I won't lose it when I will cook one. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Cool, Lei! I'm surprised bitter gourd is popular at your end too 😘

  5. Such a pretty presentation, Shirley! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  6. Super yum. I'll try with the chicken. Gourd - the natural formula to keep the sugar level low.

  7. Bitter gourd with pork .Nice combo

  8. This is so awesome, Shirley! The kind of dish I could have for my day-to-day meals! ^.^

  9. Wow! I must try your recipe. After all, long time I didnt have stuffed bittergourd. Yours looked delicious!!

  10. Shirley this is a wow divine dish in presentation and ingredients will like to do for my guest.

  11. Oh Wow! This looks so yummy!

  12. This looks so tasty and very fresh!

  13. Very interesting recipe! I would love to give it a try:) it looks so yummy!

  14. Wow, great post !
    Bitter guard is very popular in Kerala and of course, the rest of India. Scooping out the fluffy interior of this bitter vegetable and filling it with something makes it ideal to serve as a boat dish. Good idea ! Never thought about this possibility and never had seen anyone here serving a dish like this ! You are a genius, Shirley :)
    Bitter guard is medicinal. Great for weight loss, sugar, and cholesterol control. If you can tolerate a little raw, is magical !
    Brilliant post !

    1. I know you guys love bitter gourd too, but I've yet to try the baby version which is very popular with Indians here too. Thanks again for sharing the health notes! xoxo

  15. Love bitter gourd with egg. Shirley! I love the goji berries on top. look so nice.

  16. I love to eat bitter gourds so I will most probably give the minced pork to someone else to eat and just eat the bitter gourd. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  17. Great combination and beautiful flavors. Love this lovely dish. Yummy :)

  18. The second plate looks nice :)
    Maria V.

  19. Great presentation :-) I have to make it :-)

  20. Yummy, yummy, yummy. It looks delicious, Shirley. Happy weekend, doll.

  21. I love how unusual your recipes are Shirley, so interesting and adventurous!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  22. It looks really so so yummy!

  23. Such a beautiful presentation Shirley. :-)

  24. Originally I don't like bitter gourd, but after trying your braised bitter gourd chicken, I fall in love with it. So this is another must try dish. Btw, saw your blog came with a new header... nice!

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Doris! Happy to know that you're enjoying my bittergourd recipes.

      Aw, you've eagle eyes! Glad you like the new header too, dear!

  25. The presentation of it is beautiful! It looks delicious.

  26. Honestly can't stand the taste of bitter gourd no matter how well cooked. Lol. But I've never seen it presented like this. Actually looks enticing!

  27. Did you read my mind, Shirley? Last week I was thinking of stuffing bittergourd with minced meat and steaming it LOL! It's great you share you recipe so that I can just follow :)

    1. Awesome, PH! Hope you'll like this way of stuffing into a boat. Have fun cooking, dear! xoxo

  28. Wow! I've only seen this in restaurants and chap fan places. I wouldn't know how to make one, but I guess now I do, thanks to your recipe.

    I would like the bitter gourd egg drop soup too, I love bitter gourd, same goes for bitter gourd noodles.

  29. I don't eat pork but the dish is well presented.

  30. Very nice!

    Have a nice week end!
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  31. I am not fan of bitter gourd but your recipe looks pretty good actually. My husband love all kind of bitter gourd dishes I will make for him.

  32. looks so delicious!

  33. nice recipe :) Thank you for sharing!
    Happy New Year!

  34. Those are all so colorful and pretty! I bet they taste as good as they look!

  35. You always inspire me to cook and travel more! My cooking habits need to step it up. :)
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  36. This looks as delicious as it is cute!! Thanks for sharing! <3 -

  37. So cute and tasty!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire


  38. I love bitter gourd dishes and have been eating them all my life. Today is the first time I have ever seen a plate of beautiful bitter gourd dish!! You could really turn the most bitter veggies into a pretty dish. Well done.

  39. I never tried preparing pork with bitter melon but I might give it a try now!


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