Fragrant Bitter Gourd Chicken

Serving 8 pax
Preparation Time 20 mins
Skill Easy

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Ingredients

1 Pasar Jumbo Fresh Chicken*
2 pcs Lotus Leaves (blanched)*
3 cloves Garlic (minced)
50g Whole Salted Soy Beans
2 pcs Red Chilli Padi (halved lengthwise)
200g Bitter Gourd (cut into thick strips)*
200g Pineapple (cut into thick strips)*
2 pcs Big Red Chillies (seeds removed, cut into chunks)
150ml Chicken Stock
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Cooking Oil
Corn Starch (mixed with water)
Big Red Chillies (for garnish)
Coriander (for garnish)*
Spring Onions (for garnish)

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Method
  1. Remove spare parts from chicken cavity. Rinse and clean chicken.
  2. Blanch 2 lotus leaves in hot water and rinse.
  3. Stack lotus leaves. Place chicken, belly down on the leaves.
  4. Season both inside and outside of chicken with salt. Set aside.
  5. In a heated frying pan, add oil and sauté garlic, whole salted soy beans and red chilli padi till fragrant.
  6. Add bitter gourd and pineapple, and fry for 2 mins over medium-high heat.
  7. Add big red chillies and chicken stock, then bring to a boil.
  8. Add sugar before thickening with corn starch.
  9. Pour mixture over chicken and wrap firmly with lotus leaves. Fold aluminium foil into a long strip, wrap foil around the leaves to secure.
  10. Steam for 45 to 50 mins.
  11. Remove from steamer. Unwrap foil and lotus leaves before serving.
  12. Garnish with coriander, spring onions and big red chillies.
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