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Friday, October 24, 2008

Guinisang Ampalaya (Sauteed Bitter Melon)

When I was little I never liked Ampalaya (bitter melon) because of the bitter taste. But I remember my mom had a way of somewhat eliminating some of the bitterness so my siblings and I will eat it. She sprinkled the sliced bitter melon with enough salt and sort of carefully massaging them for few seconds to make them sweat. Then she would rinse off the salt thoroughly and throws out the bitter juice secreted from the process. When I got older, I just developed the taste for it and it became one of the favorite vegetables I eat. We usually use bitter melon in Pinakbet and Guinisang Ampalaya (Sauteed Bitter Melon). This is how I make my Guinisang Ampalaya based from my recollection of how my mom did it and just added my own twist. My British hb loves eating this dish too ;-)


2 medium pieces of Ampalaya, sliced
1/2 lb ground pork

1/2 cup chicken broth

2 pcs tomatoes, cubed

1 medium onion, sliced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 eggs, beaten

salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1. Saute garlic, onion, and tomatoes until tender for about 3 minutes.
2. Stir in ground pork, add salt and pepper and cook until meat is tender.

3. Add the bitter melon and broth and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes making sure not to overcook the bitter melon.
4. Pour in the beaten eggs in a swirling motion and carefully stir to incorporate in the meat and vegetable.

5. Serve with steamed rice.


  1. im not a fan of ampalaya sis, but i eat kahit konti hahaha. pero ito, mukhang masarap :) happy ff!

  2. I always like ampalaya since my mother likes anykind of vegetables. She use to grill the ampalaya and slice later and put in the big bow. Her ingredients is fish bagoong, tomato, ginger root, spring onion. I miss this kind of dish that I haven't tried here. We also use salt and wash the salt away because out ampalaya in the Philippines is very bitter compared here.

  3. ampalaya - one of my fave! i actually like the bitter flavor, lol. thanks for sharing the recipe, Mira! :)

    thanks, too, for playing again this week!
    happy weekend

  4. ganito lagi ang version saamin :)

    but may sotanghon at walang egg

  5. Your Ginisang Ampalaya looks so appetizing. How I love ampalya!

  6. hi mira, nagugutom ako sa ampalaya mo:)

  7. I make that but only hubby and I (sometimes our eldest daughter) eat it.

  8. looks yummy! haven't tried this one. let me try this soon. :)

  9. Hi Mira! Your recipe is just the same as mine... I love ampalaya so much, even when I was still a child... On the other hand, Dana never had ampalaya in his life....until I came... I introduced this dish to him, and oh boy, he likes it so much! :)