Ginisang Ampalaya (Stir-fry Bitter Melon with Egg). This is a common Filipino breakfast favorite and a welcome variation to ones first meal of the day that is healthy/ish.
What is ampalaya
In the science world, it is known as momordica charantia also known as bitter melon and bitter gourd. Others call it amargoso and palya.
Ampalaya is widely grown in the Philippines and other Asian countries. It is a member of the gourd family like cucumbers and squash.
It grows as a vine and its fruit are wrinkled. Ampalaya is known to have various health benefits. Its fruit, though bitter is used in numerous recipes and menus.
1. Ampalaya or bitter gourd/bitter melon – sliced into bite-size pieces.
2. Eggs – beten
5. Salt and pepper to taste
6. Cooking oil for sauteing
How to Make Ginisang Ampalaya
This recipe is just quick and easy to make. There are a number of ways in preparing the ampalaya to make it not bitter. However, I personally can tolerate its bitterness and my technique is just to mix it with plenty of eggs so that it dominates and somehow cover the bitterness of the ampalaya.
How to make the Ampalaya not Bitter in taste when making this recipe
- One of the most common practice to remove the bitter taste of ampalaya is to sprinkle the ampalaya slices with a generous amount of salt. About 1 tablespoon. Then mix it with the ampalaya until it generates a little bit of water. You then squeeze the water and discard it.
- Another way to remove its bitter taste is to soak the ampalaya with cold water and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Drain the water and you can now start cooking the ampalaya with its reduced bitterness.
When making Ginisang Ampalaya, start by cutting the ampalaya into half. Remove the seeds and slice the remaining ampalaya into bite-size pieces.
If you want to remove its bitterness, you can do the processes mentioned above. I personally skip doing it because I can tolerate the bitterness of the ampalaya.
When your ampalaya is ready, saute onions and garlic and add in the sliced ampalaya until it is cooked yet still crispy. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Add the beaten eggs, mix and coat it with the ampalaya. Transfer to a serving plate and serve.
Other Breakfast Ideas you can Try
- Bacon and Egg Fried Rice
- Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats
- Banana Chocolate Sprinkles Overnight Oats
- Champorado or Sweet Chocolate Porridge
Ginisang Ampalaya (Stir-fry Bitter Melon with Egg)
- Frying Pan
- 400 grams Ampalaya or bitter melon sliced into bite-size pieces
- 3 pcs eggs beaten
- 1 medium-sized Onions chopped
- 5 cloves Garlic chopped
- pinch Salt
- pinch Pepper
- 2 tbsp Cooking oil
- Start by cutting the ampalaya into half. Remove the seeds and slice the remaining ampalaya into bite-size pieces.
- Saute onions and garlic and add in the sliced ampalaya until it is cooked yet still crispy.
- Add the salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the beaten eggs, mix and coat it with the ampalaya.
- Transfer to a serving plate and serve.
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