The funny thing about tastes is that for things that you absolutely loath as a kid may yet turn out to be one of your favorites as an adult – such is the case for me with bitter gourd, and to be frank, quite a few other items.
So for those of you who dislike durian, petai, asparagus, Guinness, and more, perhaps ya’ll just need more doses of them until you like it!
Anyway, here’s one of the recipes I did with bitter gourd over the course of this Covid-19 season.
Bitter Gourd Tofu and Pork Soup Recipe
1 bitter gourd, cut in chunks
300 gram pork belly, cut into bit size chunks
1 block of soft tofu
1 inch ginger
a handful of salted vege (optional, you can replace with salt to taste)
boil pork belly for a couple minutes and remove from pot, throw away the scummy water
use a bigger pot, boil 4-5 bowls of water with everything except tofu for about an hour or so in low heat
add tofu just before serving
salt (optional) and pepper to taste
Comfort food especially on rainy days, I usually have it with steamed rice and some soya sauce + cili padi as condiment.
Pork noodle must be one of the most popular non-halal soup based hawker dish in Klang Valley. It’s in almost every single multi-hawker kopitiam. After all, what’s not to like about a bowl of flavorful soup with all the porky goodness and your favorite choice of noodle?
Ten Noodle, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, PJ
When it comes to this dish, many people will gravitates towards the like of Kean Fatt SS3, Ah Or, Win Heng Seng, OUG’s version. While they’re all very good, there’re often some “flaws” – either in wait time, parking, or lack of certain ingredients.
Well, here’s where TEN Noodle steps in.
The modus operandi seems simple here – be efficient, priced competitively, and give people plenty of what they want.
When you get to TEN Noodle, you’ll be handed a sheet of ordering paper – ticks several boxes – choice of noodle, wet/dry, ingredients, snacks, and beverages. Food is then served rather swiftly, which is always a good thing.
dry mee suah with mixed pork
Mine was dry mee suah with mixed pork and additional pork kidney and bitter gourd. The result was this huge bowl of ingredients loaded with everything I wanted!
To be fair, taste wise it was .. decent, perhaps 80-90% up there if compared to some of the others mentioned above, but they more than make up for it via value and experience.
my favorite innards – kidney!
So yes, if I’m at Kota Damansara looking for pork noodle, this is definitely in my list.
It was my supreme ignorance that one of my favorite no frill Chinese restaurant chain now has a branch in KLCC – Kiki Taiwanese Cuisine, by the same people that brought us Fong Lye at Gardens.
Kiki Taiwanese Restaurant, 4th floor KLCC
Like the other 4th floor restaurants on Suria Mall, Kiki has a modern interior decoration with table arrangement centered towards packing as many people as possible without it being a fire hazard. That’s fine and dandy for quick afternoon lunches for the most part, but not exactly a place you’d want to bring your Valentine’s date for a quiet & private dating session over lunch.
3 cup chicken set (RM 23.80)
Most dishes come in the form of set menus with rice/noodle, soup, vegetable, and some tidbits in addition to the main ingredient. They are generally priced at around RM 20+ to RM 30+ and served quickly, which is great for office lunch crowds.
mixed seafood & bitter gourd set (RM 35.80)
The three dishes we had – 3 cup chicken set (RM 23.80), mixed seafood & bitter gourd set (RM 35.80), and steamed fish with pineapples & Taiwan marinated sweet bean (RM 23.80) were pretty much within expectations when it comes with taste, and definitely a little over the top in terms of portion. While you don’t get any premium ingredients (example: fish would be tilapia), the quality is more than justifiable for the price stated on the menu.
steamed fish with pineapples & Taiwan marinated sweet bean (RM 23.80)
Overall, despite the crowd, Kiki delivers pretty much as well as their sister branches at Gardens and other locations. Would definitely not mind going again.
my lunch partners at Kiki Taiwanese Restaurant, KLCC
Sometimes all you need is some simple comfort food, and for me, sometimes that comes in the form of a bowl of good bitter gourd noodle soup.
While running around trying to sort of stuff for our new home and somehow missed lunch in the process, I found myself at around Ara Damansara, and recalled that someone mentioned once about a stall at Restoran Do Re Mi 123 that offers bitter gourd soup, so I took the turn to investigate.
Do Re Mi 123 kopitiam at Ara Damansara
Restoran Do Re Mi 123 is a medium size kopitiam located at the “busiest” commercial centre in Ara Damansara on an island surrounded by major roads going in and out of the residential area. Parking is usually not too challenging, and the restaurant offers quite a selection of different hawker fair that any KL folks will be familiar with.
bitter gourd mee suah, with egg
The noodle soup stall offers bitter gourd noodle, pork noodle, fish ball noodle soup, and “imperial” noodle.
For RM 5 you get a bowl of soup with your choice of noodle (I choose mee suah) laden with reasonable amount of pork slices, fish cake, bitter gourd, and even tomato. It was quite well balanced and not overly salty. Another RM 1 gets you an egg just to make it closer to a balanced meal.
A simple comfort food I don’t mind having a couple times a week.
Address: Restaurant DoReMi 123 Jalan PJU 1a/20b Ara Damansara Petaling Jaya, Selangor GPS: 3.119897, 101.579194
Some of you who has been following this site for a while know that I have a certain soft spot for coagulated pork blood, pork kidney, and bitter gourd, so when I found out that there’s a stall that happens to offer all these ingredients in one dish, I just had to try it.
The said stall is the appropriately named Bitter Gourd Soup with Rice/Mee, located at the right side of the popular food court if you’re going in from the main entrance. of Taman Megah Ming Tien
Update: Ming Tien has since moved to Bandar Utama
Bitter Gourd with mixed pork soup stall at Ming Tien food court
The formula here is pretty simple, choose from the various (mostly) pork ingredients and the operator will boil them together with bitter gourd soup, you can then consume your loot with rice or your choice of noodle.
Among the ingredients to choose from are intestine, coagulated blood, pork slices, fried pork skin, kidney, liver, fuchuk (soya skin), tofu, meat balls, fish balls, and fish cakes.
you can have it with rice or various types of noodle
I usually gets a bit carried away when ordering from here. My typical bowl of bitter gourd soup includes at least blood, kidney, tofu, meat, pork skin, and sometimes more. You should always attack the kidney/liver first as they may tend to get overcooked if being left too long. I would like the coagulated blood here to be slightly softer, but that’s just nitpicking.
I love it, all the essential nutrients and satisfaction for my blood thirstiness
A bowl of bitter gourd soup here goes from just above RM 6 to over RM 10 depending on what you put inside. Worth it? Yes!
The stall operates till pretty late at night.
Address: Ming Tien Hawker Center
Jalan SS24/8, Taman Megah,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor GPS:3.114334, 101.611658