How to make Ginisang Ampalaya:
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.
3 Medium sized Ampalaya
1 Lb. of pork belly cut in 1 in. cubes
½ Lb. of Shrimp, peeled and deveined (optional)
2 Tbs. Bagoong alamang (fermented shrimp pasted)
1 Tsp Vetsin
2 Tbs. Soy sauce
1 Small Onion, sliced crosswise
1 Small tomato, diced
3 Tbs. Corn oil for stir-frying
3 Cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
1. Prepare Ampalaya by cutting it in half lengthwise and removing the seeds. Make sure you scrape the white stuff off also. Slice it ¼ of an inch thick diagonally and place in a bowl large enough to fit all of it.
2. Next smother it with plenty of salt and add water just above the ampalaya and let it soak for 20 minutes. After soaking rinse it thoroughly and make sure all the salt has been rinsed off.
3. In a wok heat oil and add garlic. Cook until golden brown and then add the pork. Let it cook for 3 minutes without stirring.
4. Add the tomatoes, onions, and bagoong alamang. Let it cook for 3 minutes while stirring occasionally. Then add the soy sauce and the ampalaya. Stir, cover, and let simmer on medium low heat for 6 minutes while stirring occasionally.
5. Place the ampalaya in a serving bowl. Cover and let it stand for 5 minutes before eating. Serve with white rice. Enjoy!