April 05, 2013

Bitter-melon or bitter gourd, is what "ampalaya" is.

This dish is easy to prepare, and this is one of my favorite foods on the table. It is light and healthy dish, but most kids don’t like ampalya or bitter gourd in English because of the bitter taste. However, there is a simple secret on how amplaya tastes not bitter when you eat it. When removing the seeds of the ampalaya, scratch or remove also the white skin that stuck to the wall of the ampalaya.  Scratch it by using a spoon until the green color of the vegetable is visible. That white thing is the culprit why the ampalaya is bitter when you cook it. Soaking in salted water for 30 minutes or more could also reduce the bitter taste.
Anyhow, here are the ingredients of my simple Ampalaya con Carne Norte.

1 pc. Large ampalaya
1 ¼ cup chopped onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 pc. Medium-sized tomato, sliced
1 small can of carne norte or corn beef
2 eggs, lightly beatin
And salt and pepper to taste.

1. Blanch ampalya in boiling water, then immediately rinse in ice water. Strain and set aside.
2. Saute onion, garlic and tomato, and then add corn beef. Allow to simmer for about 2 minutes.
3. Add ampalaya, and then season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Pour in beaten eggs before mixing everything lightly.



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