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Filipino Ampalaya Con Carne

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Ampalaya or Bitter Gourd (sometimes called bitter melon) is a vegetable full of nutrients that are good for the body. There are a lot of us who do not want to eat any dishes associated to it because of the bitter taste that the vegetable brings. However, some still try their best to develop an acquired taste because of the known health benefits of this vegetable.
  Beef sirloin 1⁄2 Pound, sliced into thin strips
  Bitter gourd 1 Large, cleaned, sliced (Ampalaya)
  Soy sauce 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Sesame oil 1 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 Medium, thinly sliced lengthwise
  Ginger 1 Inch, julienned
  Garlic cloves 6 Medium, minced
  Cornstarch 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs) (As Needed)
  Cooking oil 5 Tablespoon

1. Combine beef, soy sauce, salt, ground black pepper, cornstarch, and sesame oil. Mix all the ingredients until evenly distributed and marinade for at least 1 hour.
2. Heat a frying pan or wok and pour-in 3 tablespoons of cooking oil.
3. When the oil is hot enough, pan fry the marinated beef in medium heat until the outer part turns medium to dark brown (about 3 to 5 minutes per side).
4. Add water and simmer until the beef is tender.
5. Heat a separate pan or cooking pot then pour in the remaining 2 tablespoons of cooking oil.
6. When the oil is hot enough, sauté the garlic, onion, and ginger.
7. Add the sliced bitter gourd and stir fry for 5 minutes.
8. Turn off the heat and transfer to the pan with the tender beef. Stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more.
9. Transfer to a serving plate then serve.
10. Share and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Stir Fried
Dry Curry
High Fiber, High Protein
If you like bitter gourds, then you must be trying this Filipino ampalaya con carne recipe which has your favorite vegetable cooked with beef into a flavorful main dish. Even if the chef is speaking in Filipino, one can make out the direction by correlating the English words with the cooking steps shown in the video. Give it a try if the dish really impresses you.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 1585 Calories from Fat 1067

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 120 g184.9%

Saturated Fat 24.6 g122.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 106.6 mg35.5%

Sodium 7829.2 mg326.2%

Total Carbohydrates 70 g23.5%

Dietary Fiber 20 g80%

Sugars 11.2 g

Protein 63 g126.1%

Vitamin A 47.9% Vitamin C 745.9%

Calcium 27.2% Iron 53.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Filipino Ampalaya Con Carne Recipe Video