Chicken with ampalaya in oyster sauce is a quick and easy dish that you can make for lunch or dinner. Whether you are cooking just for yourself or for the whole family, this dish will surely be a hit. Aside from being easy, Chicken with Ampalaya is also healthy because it is rich in protein […]
Stuffed Ampalaya is a vegetable and meat dish that is composed of bitter gourd (also called bitter melon) and ground pork. The word “Ampalaya” is the Filipino term for bitter gourd. If we do some translation, this dish can also be called stuffed bitter gourd or stuffed bitter melon.
I would say that Stuffed Ampalaya is another version of the embutido. I know that it does not look like one, but the ingredients used in the ground pork mixture is pretty much the same. Although embutido is cooked differently, the taste of the meat is quite identical. The only difference is the bitter gourd, which makes the taste more bitter.
Many of us do not like the taste of bitter gourd. I was one of those people. I only forced myself to eat bitter gourd after reading an article about its health benefits (Health Benefits of Ampalaya). I started cooking bitter gourd dishes since then. Some of the best tasting ampalaya recipes that we have are Ginisang Ampalaya and Ampalaya con Carne. You should try these out.
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.
Ampalaya con Carne is a dish composed of beef strips and ampalaya – this is also known as beef with ampalaya. This is perfect for those who wish to eat ampalaya but cannot handle the bitterness. The beef acts as a neutralizing agent; it covers the bitterness with its flavorful juices.
I was one of those who dislike the bitterness of ampalaya. I only enjoyed eating it when I learned the proper technique of extracting the bitterness out (which I demonstrated in the Ginisang Ampalaya video). There is a negative side to it though; that means less nutrients since some of them are extracted too, but it is a good start to enjoy the vegetable.
Ampalaya con carne is a superb dish. If you do the right thing, the bitter flavor of the ampalaya will be unnoticed – all you can taste are the array of flavors brought about by the different ingredients. If you like beef with broccoli, you’ll surely like this dish too.
Do you like eating ampalaya? What other techniques do you do to remove its bitter taste?
Ginisang Ampalaya is transalated as Sautéed Bitter Melon. This Filipino vegetable recipe is one of the healthiest recipe around.
Bitter melon is best known for antidiabetic effects. It contains a chemical known as insulin-like peptide that is similar in shape and function to animal-produced insulin. Other chemicals, including vicine, in bitter melon may also have blood-sugar lowering effects.
Try this healthy vegetable dish: Ginisang Ampalaya.