Stir-fried chicken and bitter melon

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 teaspoons Fermented black beans
1 Chicken breast
1 Bitter melon
1 Clove garlic
½ cup Stock
1 teaspoon Cornstarch
1 tablespoon Sherry
3 drops Sesame oil; more or less
2 tablespoons Oil
1 tablespoon Oil
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Soy sauce

1. Soak fermented black beans.

2. Skin and bone chicken; then cut in strips. Cut bitter melon lengthwise in half and scoop out seeds; then cut in strips and parboil 3 minutes.

3. Mince garlic and mash with soaked black beans.

4. Combine stock, cornstarch, sherry and sesame oil.

5. Heat oil. Add chicken and stir-fry until it loses its pinkness (about 2 minutes). Remove from pan.

6. Heat remaining oil. Add black bean mixture and stir-fry a few times. Add bitter melon and stir-fry to heat through (about 1 minute).

7. Return chicken; then stir in stock mixture and heat quickly. Cook, covered, 2 minutes over medium heat.

8. Stir in sugar and soy sauce to blend in (about 1 minute more). Serve at once.

From <The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook>, ISBN 0-517-65870-4. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive, .

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