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Pig’s Ear & Bittergourd Stir-fry

  1. Boil pig’s ear in hot water for several mins. Then rinse it under water and drain.
  2. Cut pig ear and bitter gourd into slices.
  3. Heat a pan. Add in some oil. Chopped garlic in first. Stir fry till aromatic.
  4. Pig’s ear is next. Stir fry for 2 mins.
  5. Add in bitter gourd slices. Stir fry evenly for 3 mins.
  6. Drizzle in a little light soy sauce. Put in chopped red chili, which will makes it more colorful and tasty.
  7. Season with salt at last.


I don’t know whether you like pig’s ear or not. It tastes crunchy due to the soft bone part.


Bitter gourd, Black Fungus & Pork Stir-fry

Pork better contains a bit fat.

1. Cut pork into slices. Remove the seed of bitter gourd and cut into slices. Soak black fungus in water for 3 mins. Tear into smaller pieces.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the pan. Sear pork first till slightly brownish.

3. Add in a little ginger shreds. Then bittergourd and black fungus.

4. Stir fry for 1 min. Add in 1 tsp cooking wine and 1 tsp light soy sauce. Stir fry evenly for 2-3 mins.

5. Season with salt. And ready to serve.


Quick and easy.

Probably the Best Yong Tau Foo I’ve Ever Had

Yong Tau Foo is a Hakka Chinese cuisine. Yet, I have never tried it in China before. Yong Tau Foo stall is quite similar to Chinese spicy hot pot (malatang). All the meat, vegetables and seafood are displayed on shelves. Customers can choose whatever they want to add in their Yong Tau Foo. The main difference I guess lies in cooking method. Malatang (麻辣烫) includes 3 Chinese words. 麻 (ma)means numb, it refers to the feeling caused by pungent spices like Sichuan pepper corn. 辣(la)means spicy, it refers to chili, chili powder and chili oil. 烫(tang)means hot. Because malatang is always served very hot. I still remember when I had social linguistic class, my teacher taught us malatang could be translated as “3 hots”: hot, hot, hot. 🙂

I have tried Yong Tau Foo several times after I came here. Since I really missed malatang and I couldn’t find it here in Singapore ( now I can find some). And also because I can choose my favorite vegetables to make my unique Yong Tau Foo.

Today, out of some reasons, my husband took me to Rochor. We have a habit. Whenever we go to some place we don’t often go to, we search good food there. And we call it “food hunting”. Google map told us there is a good hawker center “Albert Center”. How we decide which stall to try is very simple. We just observe which stall has a long queuing line. And this stall definitely has the longest line in front of it.

There is only “百年” (a hundred years old) on the signboard. We were very curious and found it a Yong Tau Foo stall. Why are so many people waiting there? We wanted to figure it out. And my husband queued, I went to find a seat. And wait, and wait and wait……

And here finally comes the Yong Tau Foo.

This one is different from the ones I had before. This stall doesn’t have shelves with meat and vegetables on it. Their set contains soup, glass noodles, tofu, fish cake, shrimp, meatball and bitter gourd. The first sip of soup really amazed me.

Soup is light, but also tastes a bit sweet. Tofu is so fatty and juicy. Both my husband and I couldn’t resist the soup.

And fried chicken is also included in the set.

Crispy shell, tender and juicy meat.

Whole set is S$5.80. Totally worth it.

My husband told me Rochor is famous for beancurd  dessert. Since we don’t come here often, we definitely need to try the beancurd.

We chose this stall. My favorite is red bean. too bad, red bean is sold out. So we tried Lotus ginko beancurd.

We loved it!!!

Stir Fry Beef With Bitter Gourd

1. Prepare beef slices. You can buy a chunk of beef and cut into slices or you can just buy beef slices like I did.

2. Place beef slices in a bowl. Add in 1 Tbsp oyster sauce, cooking wine 1 tbsp, black pepper 1/2 tsp, salt 1/4 tsp, baking soda 1/4 tsp, water 1 tablespoon. Mix them by hand evenly. Let them rest for 10 mins.

3. Add in 2 tablespoon corn starch and 2 tsp cooking oil. Mix well. Let them be marinated for 30 mins.

4. Prepare bitter gourd. Cut 1/2 big bitter gourd open. Remove the seed and white part. Cut them into medium slices.

5. Place bitter gourd slices in a bowl. Sprinkle 1 tsp salt. Rest for a while. Boil in hot water for 2 mins. Then soak in cold water and drain.

6. Heat a pan. Add in 1 tablespoon oil. Add beef in. Quickly separate them. Stir fry a bit. Add in 1 tablespoon light soy sauce, 1 tbsp cooking wine and 1 tsp oyster sauce. Stir fry evenly till no more red color. Set beef aside.

7. Heat pan again. Add in 1 tsp oil. Stir fry butter gourd. Add in 1 tablespoon sugar. Fry for 1 min. Add in beef to blend evenly.

Serve hot.

Stuffed Bittergourd

It’s a simple dish to cook. Just stuff bittergourd with minced pork and steam.

For the minced pork, pls refer to:


Cut bittergourd into thick rings, around 3 cm. Remove the seeds and white part with a spoon. Stuff bittergourd rings with seasoned minced pork.

Heat a little oil in the pan.

Fry stuffed bittergourd to let the minced pork gets firm. Just fry each side till a bit golden brown.

Steam them for 15-20 mins. Meat juice will come out after steaming. Don’t discard it.

Sauté minced garlic in a sauce pan. Pour the meat juice from steaming into the sauce pan. Turn to medium heat. Add in severely wolf-berries, 1 tbs sugar. Dissolve 1/2 tsp corn starch in 1 tablespoon water. And also add starch water in. Keep stirring till it gets a bit condensed.

Pour the sauce over bittergourd.