Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I Got it Right!

I would like to give credit to one of my dearest friends here in blogland, Mami Kat of "Mom's Place" for giving me some tips on how to lessen the bitterness of the bitter melon. Thanks a lot Mami Kat. The secret is not too difficult to understand...lol!

Tossed with homemade bacon bits and garlic.

Bitter melon is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown for edible fruit, which is among the most bitter of all vegetables. English names for the plant and its fruit include bitter melon or bitter gourd. The original home of the species is not known, other than that it is a native of the tropics. It is widely grown in South and Southeast Asia, China, Africa, and the Caribbean.

It is prepared in various dishes in the Philippines, where it is known as Ampalaya. Ampalaya may also be stir-fried with ground beef and oyster sauce, or with eggs and diced tomato.

A very popular dish from the Ilocos region of the Philippines, pinakbet, consists mainly of bitter melons, eggplant, okra, string beans, tomatoes, lima beans, and other various regional vegetables stewed with a little bagoong-based stock.

The young shoots and leaves may also be eaten as greens; in the Philippines, where bitter melon leaves are commonly consumed, they are called dahon (leaves) ng ampalaya.

34 comments :

Life Moto said...

i miss that kind of ampalaya. yung na andito sa Saudi ay what we called ligaw na ampalaya. if meroon man 3x ang price nya so tyaga na lng sa mura.

health is wealth said...

naimas dayta parya

sam_emie said...

am proud to say that i grew up eating that healthy but bitter and delicious veges... good insights keep it up friend.....post more

Manang Kim said...

Wow ampalaya sarap sa pinakbet yan. How are you na dhemz thanks for dropping by ha I do appreciate it.

Lulu said...

that is what i do too mami ... i scrape the insides of it... and proven talaga!

Arlyna said...

Dhemz, thanks for the visit sis. Ampalaya is one of my favorite veggies especially in pinakbet or with corned beef. Thanks for the tip though for making it less bitter.

Ali Mas'adi said...

nice post.. just visit to make new friend..

shydub said...

Ka gwapa sa imung ampalaya tsang oi, kalami ana intawn. lami sd na isagol sa inun onan nyora. Sge ko pangita ug amplaya dri, intwan kalooy sa diyos wala jd ko kita hehehehehe. Pagka pobre ning bukid akong gipoy an limited ra kaayo ang mga veges nga common sa atoa. Iapil nlng ko ug kaon sa imung ampalaya, im sure ikaw ra nag kaon ana. Gakaon ba sd si honey bunch nimu ana tsang? mahurot kaha na nimu no? ipa LBC lang ang LO hehehehe.

Melanie said...

My husband loves ampalaya....but not me though...pero sigi lang luto pa din ako!

Melanie said...

My husband loves ampalaya....but not me though...pero sigi lang luto pa din ako!

Anne said...

I love palija.... ako na sya kilawon sis....huh! labi na butangan ug egg agoy bisan dili na nako i pares sa rice oks na kaau nako. Karon rako kabalo "bitter melon" diay tawag ana sa english? waaaaaaa sis dhemz karon rako kasinati ahahha..

Cecile said...

I love ampalaya; this is not easy to cook nd healthy, but also good for those who has diabetes kasi nakakatulong mag pababa ng blood sigar level :-); salamat for the info about the bitter melon ha!

amiable amy said...

very informative. WOW! good job! Wala nimo gikumot sa asin? Gi unsa nimo para dili pait?

vialentino said...

this is a very healthy food....u must know how to cook, else it will be hard and bitter to be eaten

veronica said...

paliya!! yum!! mao nay panihapon namo ron gurl hahahah! we used to soak it in salt solution for a couple of minutes to lessen the bitterness. that's another way to do it ;) pero ako, i love its bitterness! for me it's what makes it delicious ;) hehehe

Beng said...

grabe more than a year na yata ako di nakatikim nyan. pero pinipiga ko yan sa asin saka huhugasan ng tubig para mabawasan ang pait.

Jenny0323 said...

I love ampalaya...kanus a pa man tawn ko makakaon ana usab oi....

maxivelasco said...

thanks for the tips dhemz. not sure if i will love amplaya at all. hehe. di ako mahilig dun eh. but will try this one... baka magustuhan ko na.

mwah

chubskulit said...

Yum, gusto ko nyan sis eh mangahang, yung ginataan ba hehehe...

vhingF said...

oi...nme man ya menu ah, gusto ko nyan inihaw tapos sawsaw sa suka na may pinitpit na bawang at siling labuyo ...

Analou and Bones said...

Hello Dhemz. Just 3 days ago I cooked bitter melon with eggs. I love this vegetable although it has a bitter taste. My husband always asked me why I like cooking bitter melon wherein it tastes awful (for my husband). I just told him....I don't know, I just love it like you love eating pastries with cinnamon and for me...I don't like it. Our taste buds are different.. Take always dear friend.

Rad said...

I've honestly never tried bitter melon, but this recipe sounds damn good lol I'll keep an eye out for it next time I hit up the fruit and vegetable store here

Jenny said...

Ang sarap naman ng ampalaya..heheh miss ko yan ah..wala ako mabili niyan dito eh..kainis..heheh

Anyway, atleast i ate that nong nasa pinas ako last month.

Sis thanks nga pala sa good words mo for my sister... I told her already. Thanks much talaga

resistanCe said...

ampalaya in Indonesia call pare. I like the colour not the taste...:D

katherine said...

Good Job Dhemz..sakto jud kaayo imo gibuhat hahaha..ingon si Tsang Shy, ikaw ra ba daw kaon ana kay mag pa LBC sya..hahaha

sus Dhemz wa na sad koy connection maong absent ko for 2 days..mamawi lagi ko ron ug pamindot sa mga kaigsoonan, ako dublihon kay aron maka bawi...later na lang mag basa-basa sa uban kay mao pay pag sugod nako ug blog hopping

kittykat said...

Hello Inday..i'm back to work..still not feeling well but have to report kasi nag OA akong doctor..

OMG!is that what i think it is..i don't eat veggies and ampalaya is one of the reasons why..huhuhu..need to practice though kasi hindi talaga healthy eating habits ko..

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

wow ! masustansyarap! ^_^ ang dad ko nakikita kong binababad nya sa water sis para di masyado mapait ^_^ galing naman magluto

nuts said...

masarap yan, madalas din ako magluto nyan.. mmm.. sarap..

Grace Draper said...

lamasin mo lang asin sis wala na yung pait pero nagluto ako minsan di mapait yung ampalaya nabili ko kunti lang pait nya

Maricris Zen Mama said...

One way is to scrub the pre-sliced vegetable with salt then rinsed, though the first option is easier. I love bitter melon. I don't see them in here as much.

Mrs. Stevenson said...

Hi sis! I don't like veges that much but i had ampalaya before. My mom used to cooked it b'coz it is my bro's fav. Para di daw mapait lamasin mo sa asin bago lutuin. After you sliced it lamasin mo sa asin. hehe i like it with eggs, tomatoes, onions and ground beef. hmm ginutom tuloy ako.

Hitesh said...

i hate it too..........don't like this vegi at all.........

but a good page.....hope to make it every day here....


woo hoo \,,,/

MOTHERCARES said...

SARAP YAN KAHIT HILAW MAY SUKA AT ASIN

wyne said...

Lami! ganahan pud ko kaon ana. advantage lang daghan dari ampalaya! hahahahaha