Ampalaya with Ground Pork Recipe

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I hated Ampalaya (bitter gourd) -- this was before I got married. It turns out this is my husband's favorite and so I had to learn how to cook it, and eat it. It took awhile for me to like ampalaya, I can't take the bitter taste. Until I found the right way to prep it before cooking so it won't be too bitter. After slicing the gourd, I get a handful and squeeze them with two hands until a green juice comes out. I would squeeze them all until I can no longer see the green juice coming out. And once it's cooked, it's actually really good!

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Servings: 4-6


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  • 1 large ampalaya (cut lengthwise, remove seed and slice crosswise)
  • 100 g. ground pork/beef
  • 1/2 head garlic, minced
  • 1 medium size onion, chopped
  • 3 pcs. egg, beaten
  • 1/4 c. patis (fish sauce)
  • cooking oil


  1. In a pan, sauté garlic and onion.
  2. Add the ground pork and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Then add in patis and a cup of water and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Put in the ampalaya and stir cook for 2-3 minutes or until ampalaya is just cooked.
  5. Add the egg and stir. Serve with rice.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 83g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 123  
Calories from Fat 78 63%
Total Fat 8.6g 11%
Saturated Fat 3.0g 12%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 61mg 3%
Potassium 153mg 4%
Total Carbs 2.67g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 1%
Sugars 1.31g 1%
Protein 8.66g 14%


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