Does anyone like bittergourd? Me! Me! I can't say that it is a favorite but it is one of the vegetables that I will gladly eat with no issues.
I usually have bittergourd stir fried with eggs or in a soup. I have seen stuffed bittergourds on Nancy's blog and I have been meaning to make my own. So last Sunday, I made a batch of meatball mix and proceeded to stuff one medium sized bittergourd.
I wasn't sure if I should hollow out the bittergourd and stuff it or slice it first and then stuff it. I know I could have googled but, no time lah.
So I pandai-pandai hollowed out the bittergourd and stuffed it with my minced meat mixture. Then I put the stuffed bittergourd into the fridge for the filling to firm up. I couldn't get all the minced meat in and I reserved that to make meatballs.
After some 30 minutes or so, I took the stuffed bittergourd out and sliced it. It was then that I noticed that the cavity of the bittergourd was not adequately stuffed. So I took the leftover minced meat and stuffed some more.
Conclusion - slice first, then stuff hah..hah...
The bittergourd slices were shallow fried (ie the amount of oil is such that the bittergourd slices are not fully immersed in the oil) for 4 minutes on each side.