Ginisang Ampalaya (Ampalaya Guisado) Recipe

Ginisang Ampalaya is a sautéed Bitter Melon with egg. This vegetable is quite hard to eat especially for kids because it is bitter. But of course there is always a way to lighten its bitterness. What I do is to rub the ampalaya slices with salt and it will naturally extract its bitter juice in a few minutes. Try it!

Ginisang Ampalaya
Recipe Ingredients: 

½ kilo - ampalaya (Thinly slice crosswise)
3 pcs - eggs
1 cup - chopped ripe tomatoes
1 bulb - onion (sliced)
2 cloves - garlic (chopped)
3 tbls - cooking oil
½ tsp - ground black pepper
½ cup - salt

Recipe Cooking Procedure: 

How to remove the bitter taste of Ampalaya in two ways:
Procedure A:
1. Put the slice ampalaya in a big bowl.
2. Add 1/2 cup of salt. Mix well and set aside for at least 30 minutes. Salt will naturally brings out the bitter juice of the ampalaya.
3. Rinse well and drain.
4. Repeat procedures 1~3 if you want to take out more of the bitter taste of the ampalaya. Rinse well and drain.

Procedure B
1. Put the slice ampalaya in a big bowl.
2. Add 5 tbls of salt. Mix well.
3. Get two handful of ampalaya and put on a cheese cloth (katsa) or a nylon net basket then squeeze to bring out the bitter juice. Do the same for the rest of the ampalaya.
4. Rinse well and drain.

Ginisang Ampalaya Cooking Procedure:
1. Sauté garlic and onions in 3 tbls of oil.
2. Add tomatoes and cook until it become soft.
3. Add the ampalaya. Stir occasionally to evenly cook the vegetable until it becomes tender.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Crack the eggs beat it in a bowl. Pour the egg on the vegetable. Take time for the egg to settle down then mix. Cook until eggs are done.
6. Serve hot.

Recipe Cooking Tips: 

Adding chopped meat and/or shelled shrimps will bring also a good result to this recipe. Just cook the meat and/or shrimp together with sauteed garlic, onions and tomatoes before adding the ampalaya.

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