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.
1⁄2 Pound, sliced into thin strips
1 Large, cleaned, sliced (Ampalaya)
1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
1 Medium, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 Inch, julienned
6 Medium, minced
Ground black pepper
1 Cup (16 tbs) (As Needed)
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!
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.