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.