Sauteed Ampalaya with Chicharon

Ingredients:
1 medium-sized bitter gourd(ampalaya), cut in half then removing the seeds and sliced crosswise
1 cup pork rind(chicharon), crushed
200 grams pork, cut into small pieces
1/2 squash, chopped into 2×1 inch cubes
2 tablespoons shrimp paste(bagoong alamang)
1/2 cup water
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, julienned
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
2. In a bowl, combine bitter gourd, 1/4 cup salt and enough water then soak for 15 minutes. Rinse, drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Add pork continue sauteing until light brown.
3. Add shrimp paste and then squash, stir cook for 3 minutes.
4. Add bitter gourd, water then simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Add pork rind then season with sugar, salt and pepper according to taste.
6. Turn off heat then serve with steamed rice.

Sarciadong Ampalaya

Filipino Style Recipe: Sarciadong ampalaya or bitter gourd sarciado is another healthy yet affordable dish. The bitter gourd sauteed with ground pork then cooked and simmered with tomatoes and beaten eggs.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes(plus soaking time)
Estimated time of cooking: 15-20 minutes
Good for 4-6 servings

Ingredients:
2 bitter gourd(ampalaya), seeded and sliced thinly
3 medium-sized tomatoes, diced
2 pieces eggs, beaten
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup water
250 grams ground pork(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Rub bitter gourd with salt and leave for 10 minutes then squeeze until the juice comes out. Rinse, drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil and saute garlic, onion and tomatoes.
2. Add ground pork and cook until brown.
3. Add water and bring to boil then add bitter gourd. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes.
4. Add beaten eggs then stir cook until eggs are firm.
5. Season with salt and pepper according to taste. Remove from heat and serve hot!

Ampalaya Con Carne

Filipino Style Recipe: Ampalaya con carne is another simple yet healthy dish. Bitter gourd or ampalaya cut into thin slices then cook together with beef strips in a blend of soy sauce, oyster sauce, cornstarch, salt and pepper until the ampalaya and beef are tender.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 20 minutes
Good for 2-3 persons

Ingredients:
300 grams beef sirloin, cut into thin strips
1 medium-sized bitter gourd(ampalaya), cut in half then removing the seeds and sliced crosswise
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespooon oyster sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, julienned
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon sesame oil(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine beef, soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil, sugar, salt and pepper then marinate for an hour.
2. In a separate bowl, combine bitter gourd, 1/4 cup salt and enough water then soak for 15 minutes. Rinse, drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then stir fry marinated beef for 5 minutes. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a same pan, saute garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Add bitter gourd, water and oyster sauce then simmer for 5 minutes or until tender.
3. Put back beef then season with salt and pepper to according to taste.
4. Turn off heat then serve with steamed rice.

Ampalaya Salad

Filipino Style Recipe: Ampalaya salad or ensaladang ampalaya(bitter gourd salad) is another easy yet healthy dish. The ampalaya and radish were marinated in salt then mash until all juice has been removed. Then combine with radish, white onion, tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.

Estimated time of preparation: 8-10 minutes(plus marinating time)

Ingredients:
1 large bitter gourd(ampalaya), remove seeds and sliced thinly
1 radish(labanos), peeled and sliced thinly
1 large white onion, sliced
3 large tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, put sliced ampalaya then sprinkle with salt. Let stand for at least 15 minutes.
2. Squeeze out excess water from the bitter gourd with the hand. Rinse and drain well.
3. In a separate bowl, do the same procedure to radish.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix until well blended.
2. In a large bowl, combine ampalaya, radish, onion and tomatoes then pour vinegar mixture.
3. Mash with hand and toss. Serve.

Notes:
1. You may also add hard-boiled eggs and boiled shrimp in this recipe.

(Thanks to Nanay Yolly Fiesta for sharing)

Ginisang Ampalaya

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Filipino style recipe: ginisang ampalaya or sauteed bitter melon with egg is another healthy yet affordable dish. Normally the bitter melon sauteed with ground pork then cook with tomatoes and beaten egg.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 15-20 minutes
Good for 4-6 servings

Ingredients:
2 bitter melon(ampalaya), seeded and sliced thinly
2 medium-sized tomatoes, diced
2 pieces egg, beaten
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup ground pork (optional)

Procedures:
1. In a pan, heat oil and saute garlic, onion and tomatoes.
2. Add ground pork and cook until brown.
2. Add water and bring to boil.
3. Add bitter melon, cover and simmer for 3 minutes.
4. Add beaten eggs and season with salt.
5. Continue cooking until eggs are firm.
6. Remove from heat and serve hot!

Tips:
If you want to lessen the bitter taste of ampalaya here the procedures:
1. Rub the sliced ampalaya with salt and leave for 10 minutes
2. Then squeeze the ampalaya until the water comes out.