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SAUTÉED BITTER GOURD

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Ingredients

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1 piece Ampalaya 1 piece: 380 grams, sliced and prepped
5 cloves Garlic 5 cloves: 15 grams, chopped
1 piece Onion 1 piece: 40 grams, chopped
3 pieces Tomato 3 pieces: 90 grams, cut into strips
1 piece Pork Cutlet 1 piece: 140 grams, cut into small cubes
1 piece Egg beaten
1 tablespoon Fish Sauce
2 tablespoons Rock Salt
Iodized Salt
Ground Black Pepper
Oil
Water

Nutritional information

230k
Calories
14.8g
Protein
15.5g
Fat
8.6g
Carbs

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SAUTÉED BITTER GOURD

Ginisang Ampalaya

Features:
  • Gluten Free
Cuisine:

A budget-friendly recipe packed with lots of vitamins and essential nutrients

  • 25 minutes
  • Serves 3
  • Easy

Ingredients

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This budget-friendly but super healthy ginisang ampalaya or sautéed bitter gourd recipe is a known traditional Filipino food, packed with lots of vitamins and essential nutrients. It is considered “superfood” for all the benefits it can give. Did you know that ampalaya is known in other countries as, bitter gourd, bitter melon, and goya? Ampalaya has an acquired bitter taste so we included a tip and technique on how to reduce (or remove) the bitterness so even kids can enjoy eating this. In the Philippines, this recipe costs less than PhP100 (very cheap) and can serve 2-3 persons. It is usually paired with steamed rice and fried fish. Go ahead and try it at home!

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Steps

1
Done
5 minutes

Prepare the Bitter Gourd or Ampalaya to Reduce its Bitterness

Cut the ends of the bitter gourd and cut in half crosswise and lengthwise.
Scoop out the seeds and scrape out the inner white pith using a spoon.
Slice the bitter gourd crosswise, approximately 1/4 inch thick.
The next step is important to reduce the bitterness of the bitter gourd.
Pour 1 tbsp. of rock salt and rub / massage the bitter gourd pieces, as if you are massaging a ground meat.
Pour the water to rinse the salt and press the bitter gourd with your two hands to drain the water.
Discard the water and repeat the step 1 more time.

2
Done
5 minutes

Prepare the rest of the ingredients

Chop the garlic and red onion.
Cut the tomatoes into strips.
Cut the pork cutlet into small cubes

3
Done
15 minutes

Cook

Heat the skillet over medium heat and pour about 2 tbsp. cooking oil.
Add the garlic and saute it for a few minutes.
Add the onion and saute it for a few minutes.
Add in the pork and continue to stir.
Add a tablespoon of fish sauce and sprinkle some iodized salt and ground black pepper
Mix very well until the meat turns white.
Add in the tomatoes and saute until it becomes soft.
Now, add in the prepped bitter gourd and mix well to cover it with all the flavors.
Beautiful colors, right?
Add about 1 to 1-1/2 cups of water
Cover the skillet and simmer until the bitter gourd is cooked to your preferred tenderness.
Beat the egg, pour it in and then mix well to distribute evenly.
Then do your final seasoning according to taste.

Mrs. HBC

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