Deep Fried Bitter Gourd At Passions Of Kerala Penang

Deep fried bitter gourd
Deep fried bitter gourd – Passions of Kerala, New World Park, Penang.

How can something bitter be delicious? That was what I used to think about bitter gourd until I was initiated into eating bitter gourd omelette many years ago. I then progressed to drinking bitter gourd and pork ribs soup. That was less palatable but Mum said that it was cooling for the body. I used to run around under the sun and that was supposed to help.

Much later when Wuan and I were dating, we used to share a cup of bitter gourd and green apple juice whenever we were at Jusco Supermarket. This combination made the drink bitter and sour at the same time. Still we drank like it was nectar from heaven as bitter gourd was believed to be detoxifying as well. I have also grown to love bitter gourd yong tau foo, preferably deep fried and served with some gravy instead of in soup.

The one dish that keeps me wanting more is the deep fried bitter gourd from Passions of Kerala in Penang. It was love at first bite for me. Whenever we ate there, it was a must have dish. The batter that coated the thinly sliced bitter gourd gave it crispness and aroma. It was delicious whether eaten as is or with banana leaf rice. I have not found another place that makes it as nice as at Passions of Kerala. No prize for guessing correctly where I will head to the next time I am in Penang. Bitter can be delicious. You better believe it!

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

2 thoughts on “Deep Fried Bitter Gourd At Passions Of Kerala Penang”

  1. Hey Pete,I like having bitter gourd too! We used to plant them along our fence,this being a creeping vine,and it would bear fruits on a regular basis.My missus would keep a close lookout as to when it would be ripe for the picking!Eventually, it became a bit untidy and we reluctantly had to remove the plant.
    We normally have it with fish soup.
    The fried version looks very enticing! Must give it a try at Passions.How is the rest of the food like in that restaurant?

    Their banana leaf rice is simply delicious. The side dishes are not bad as well. I like the deep fried bitter gourd and varuval and masala dishes are nice too, and not forgetting their lassi. I always over-indulge when I eat there. 😛

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