Ginisang Ampalaya at Itlog
Ginisang Ampalaya at Itlog is a Filipino dish of stir fried bitter gourd, tomatoes and egg usually served as breakfast or as a side dish. Simple vegetable recipes like this are a comfort meal to a majority of the Filipinos who are out of their teenager years. I too never liked this it was too vegetable for my taste, it was bitter but as I grew older I started to like it and like most of the ones I knew who are same age or older than me I started to crave for it, too bad it’s so expensive here and very seasonal here.
I know this is not for everyone, the bitterness is quite a taste to handle especially when you are not used to it, in fact the only cuisine I came across that uses bitter taste a lot is the Filipino cuisine, not just with ampalaya but with other ingredients as well like leafy vegetables that are bitter and even bile juices from animals. How about you do you have a bitter recipe in mind?
- 1 pc large bitter melon, thinly sliced
- 2 pcs tomatoes, sliced
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- freshly ground black pepper
- Generously coat bitter melon with salt to drain out its liquid, set it aside for 30 minutes.
- Thoroughly rinse with running warm water then drain.
- Using a heavy paper towel pat dry the bitter melon of excess moisture.
- In a wok add oil then sauté garlic and onions.
- Add tomatoes then cook until tomatoes are soft.
- Add the bitter melon and cook for 5 minutes.
- Pour the eggs and let it partially cook. Toss and continue to cook for 2 more minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper then serve.