Ampalaya con Itlog (Bittermelon with eggs)
Ampalaya or bitter melon is a native vegetable to the Philippines.This dish is made with ampalaya with beaten eggs and also sometimes called ginisang ampalaya. Even though it is bitter in taste, it’s commonly eaten by Filipinos because of its health value. If you are a vegetarian, you can add a simple egg – if not, add ground pork or shrimp. There are some ways to lessen the bitterness of the melon. One method is soaking it in salt water. We have tried this method and it was effective. This will make the recipe far more delightful and zesty.
- 2 small bitter melon cut into bite sizes
- 2 raw eggs beaten
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 small tomato chopped
- 1/4 kilo pork, cut in bite size (optional)
- 1/4 cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
- Servings: 3
- Time: 40 minutes
- Level: Easy
- Cuisine: Filipino
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- Soak bitter melon in salted water for at least 15 – 20 minutes.
- Place pork in a hot pan and fry until oil comes out and pork is light brown.
- In the same pan. Saute garlic, onion, and tomatoes until soft and fragrant. Stir with the meat for a few minutes.
- Place in bitter melon. Season with salt and pepper. Stir until combined.
- Pour in water. Cover and simmer until bitter melon is tender.
- When bitter melon is tender, add beaten eggs and allow egg to cook. Stir for a few minutes. Turn off heat.
- Serve with steamed rice and fried fish. Enjoy!
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