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1 tbsp cooking oil

2 bittermelon, sliced

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 onion, thinly sliced

1 tomato, sliced

1 tbsp RoniB's Kitchen Garlic Chilli Oil

2 eggs, lightly beaten (replace with vegan egg substitute)

Salt and pepper to taste

How to

  1. Cut the bittermelon in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds. Generously sprinkle salt and let it sit for about 30 minutes. This step will lessen the bitterness of the bittermelon. After 30 minutes wash in running water and slice.

  2. Heat a wok until hot, then add the oil.

  3. Add the garlic, onions, and tomato. Cook for about 1-2 minutes or until fragrant

  4. Add the sliced bittermelon and cook until slighly soft.

  5. Add the Garlic Chilli Oil.

  6. Add in the slightly beaten egg (or egg substitute to make it vegan).

  7. Season with salt and pepper

  8. Mix until egg is cooked.

Bittermelon is a vegetable that as the name suggests is bitter. Abundant in India and other Asian countries, it is known for a number of health benefits. This is the most popular way we cook ampalaya or bittermelon in the Philippines. 

Ampalaya Guisado (Bittermelon Stir-Fry)

2-4 servings