Bitter Gourd Soup Noodles
It’s become a family classic or comfort food as they say. So I think my Son will probably come home next time from National Service on the weekends and request for PaPa’s Bitter Gourd Soup with KOKA easy cook noodles.
He has loved bitter gourd since he was a teeny weeny bitsy toddler. Often reaching out for more bitter gourd than we would have expected him to eat. It’s every parents’ dream to get their child to eat their greens. The other favourite that he likes would be my Stir Fry Bitter Gourd in Salted Black Bean Sauce which he simply loves.
I hope he will one day say he wants to learn how to cook, and this recipe resource can hopefully be his to carry forward.
Bitter Gourd (just one medium sized one would do fine. Cut into thick slices.)
Pork Ribs (250grams to 400 grams. Depending on whether you plan on eating the pork ribs or not)
Sea Salt (just 1 teaspoon to 1.5 litres of water)
KOKA Easy Cook Noodles (my Wife usually gets these easy cook noodles as they are just plainly that – easy to cook)
1. I use a thermal cooker for this recipe, so that basically means boiling the ingredients at high heat for about 15-20 minutes and then allowing them to cook slowly in the thermal cooker for at least 10 hours.
2. Boil a kettle of water and then blanch the pork ribs. I usually use frozen pork ribs for this recipe, so it is important to remove dirt that may be present.
3. Boil another kettle of water (about 1.5 litres) and then add to the pork ribs, add the sliced bitter gourd and sea salt. Boil at high heat for about 15-20 minutes. Then place the pot into the thermal cooker to cook for another 10-12 hours before serving.
4. For the easy cook noodles, I usually boil once and discard the water. Then ladle the bitter gourd soup into the noodles and serve.