Notice / Seasonal Food Stir Fried Bitter Gourd and Chicken August 28, 2020 / by Junko Have you ever had “goya (bitter gourd),” a Japanese summer vegetable? It looks like Godzilla! Many people do not appreciate the bitterness, but it is nutritious and is very good for you. Shihomi will show you how to make 2 simple dishes that taste great even for those who are not fond of its bitterness. [Stir fried bitter gourd and chicken] 3/4 bitter gourd 1/2 tsp salt 1 chicken thigh 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp mirin 1 tbsp sake 1/2 tbsp beet sugar 100g grated cheese 1 tbsp sesame oil 1/2 piece garlic 1 red chili pepper thread pepper (for decoration) [bitter gourd with ume salad] 1/4 bitter gourd 1/3 tsp salt 1 piece umeboshi (salted plum pickles) 1 tsp soy sauce 1 pack (5g) bonito flakes white roasted sesame Junko There are so many Japanese dishes and cultures that are not well known outside of Japan and I’m happy to introduce them to you! If you tested any of our recipes feel free to send us a photo and your comments and we will be happy to publish them, even if it wasn't a complete success! :) Seeking the best balance of being free and living a stable life in this busy city, I enjoy kitchen gardening to deepen my connection with nature. Lately, I enjoy traveling to places I’ve never been and dancing Salsa/Kizomba there. Always a traveler at heart. Freelance web/graphic designer. Coffee & chocolate addict.