Stir Fried Fish Head with Bitter Gourd

Stir Fried Fish Head with Bitter Gourd, a celebrated zi char delicacy, intrigues with its bold flavors and unique combination of ingredients. This dish showcases tender fish head pieces stir-fried alongside bitter gourd, creating a captivating interplay of tastes between the savory fish and the slightly bitter vegetable. The bitter gourd’s distinct flavor is balanced by the umami-rich fish head, resulting in a harmonious and intriguing culinary experience. Loved for its adventurous flavor profile and the artful pairing of contrasting elements, Stir Fried Fish Head with Bitter Gourd has earned its place as a well-liked zi char favorite. It offers a memorable and flavorful dining journey that continues to captivate diners seeking a dish that marries the richness of fish head with the distinctive character of bitter gourd, making it an enticing and highly sought-after choice.

Why Do People Love Stir Fried Fish Head with Bitter Gourd

People enjoy Stir Fried Fish Head with Bitter Gourd because the fish head is rich in flavour and the bitter gourd adds a unique taste to the dish. Additionally, fish heads are known to be high in collagen, which is great for skin health.

The combination of the soft and tender fish meat with the slightly bitter taste of the gourd makes for a delicious and healthy meal. Plus, the dish is quick and easy to prepare, making it a convenient option for busy individuals who want a nutritious meal without spending too much time in the kitchen. 

What You Need For Your Stir Fried Fish Head with Bitter Gourd:

Making Stir Fried Fish Head with Bitter Gourd yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 1 fish head (preferably a firm-fleshed fish like red snapper or grouper)
  • 1 bitter gourd
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional, for thickening the sauce)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped spring onions for garnish
  • Steamed rice, to serve

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Stir Fried Fish Head with Bitter Gourd

Step 1

Clean the fish head thoroughly under cold water and pat it dry with a paper towel. Cut the fish head into manageable pieces, ensuring that they are bone-in for maximum flavour. Set aside.

Step 2

Wash the bitter gourd and slice it lengthwise. Remove the seeds and pith if desired, as they contribute to the bitterness. Cut the bitter gourd into thin strips or semi-circles. Set aside.

Step 3

Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and ginger, and stir-fry until fragrant.

Step 4

Add the fish head pieces to the wok and stir-fry for a few minutes until they start to turn golden brown. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5

Add the sliced bitter gourd to the wok and continue stir-frying for another 2-3 minutes, until the gourd becomes slightly tender.

Step 6

In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce and oyster sauce. Pour the sauce mixture over the fish head and bitter gourd, stirring gently to coat them evenly. If desired, dissolve cornstarch in a tablespoon of water and add it to the wok to thicken the sauce.

Step 7

Cover the wok and simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until the fish head is cooked through and the bitter gourd is tender yet still slightly crisp.

Step 8

Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve the Stir Fried Fish Head with Bitter Gourd hot alongside steamed rice. 

Serving Stir Fried Fish Head with Bitter Gourd with Other Dishes. 

For a complete meal, Stir Fried Fish Head with Bitter Gourd pairs well with steamed white rice and a side of stir-fried vegetables, such as bok choy or Chinese broccoli. The subtle flavours of the fish head and bitter gourd complement these dishes beautifully, creating a satisfying and well-rounded dining experience.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fish head is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which support heart health and brain function. 
  2. Bitter Gourd’s Nutrients: Bitter gourd provides vitamins (C, A) and minerals (potassium, magnesium) with potential health benefits. 
  3. Lean Protein Source: Fish head offers a lean source of protein essential for muscle growth and overall body functions. 
  4. Bitter Gourd’s Unique Flavor: The distinct flavor of bitter gourd adds a unique element to the dish. 
  5. Vitamins and Minerals: Fish head contributes B vitamins (B12), iron, and zinc, while bitter gourd adds vitamins (C) and minerals (magnesium). 
  6. Balanced Meal Component: When accompanied by a variety of nutrient-rich vegetables and perhaps whole grains, Stir Fried Fish Head with Bitter Gourd can contribute to a balanced meal. 
  7. Texture and Taste Harmony: The tender fish head pieces and the slightly bitter gourd create a harmonious blend of textures and flavors. 
  8. Culinary Contrast: The dish’s pairing of fish head and bitter gourd showcases culinary creativity. 
  9. Cultural and Culinary Appeal: The dish’s adventurous taste profile appeals to those seeking unique and bold flavors. 

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Stir Fried Fish Head with Bitter Gourd without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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