Ampalaya Guisado (Stir Fried Bitter Melon)

Bitter gourd, bitter melon or most commonly called "ampalaya" in my country, is always compared to the heart broken. Most people are known to be bitter after a heartbreak. Ampalaya is the most bitter, but better than any other veggies because of its health benefits. This recipe is my favorite ampalaya dish.



  1. Cut ampalaya in half and scrape off the seeds using a spoon.
  2. Slice them very thinly.
  3. Saute garlic and onion, until garlic turns slightly brown.
  4. Add the tomatoes.
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  6. Then add the ampalaya. Stir but not too frequently as this will cause to spread the bitter taste of the ampalaya if you do so.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until it turns translucent.
  8. Pour beaten eggs. And stir fry for one minute or until egg is cooked.
  9. Serve with sweet fruit on the side such as ripe mango slices.
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May 30, 20190 found this helpful

Sounds great, thank you! Does anyone know where you can find bitter melon in the US, Midwestern area?

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May 30, 20190 found this helpful

Where exactly are you located? It looks like there are a bunch of Asian food markets in St. Louis and other large cities in the Midwest. I also saw bitter melons online.

Another idea is to go to a higher end supermarket, like Whole Foods, and see if their produce department can order some for you.

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July 16, 20190 found this helpful

I love bitter melon! It took me a few times of trying it before I liked it but now I crave the bitterness.

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