Friday, September 14, 2012

Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) Salad

Ampalaya (Eng: bitter melon)is hated by many because of its bitter taste. It is rare to find a kid eating ampalaya and even only a few adults would dare ate this vegetable. I think the first time I ate ampalaya was in grade school when we were asked by our teacher to eat it since it signifies the bitter herb mentioned in the Bible. Now that I am all grown up and enjoy eating all kinds of food, I happen to love ampalaya. My former colleague brought ampalaya salad  at work and it was good! You won't taste its bitternes so I asked her how she did it. I made it at home and mom liked it, but my sister did not because she said it was still bitter. FAIL! 
As years go by, I think I have finally perfected making the not-so-bitter Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) Salad. I am going to share this to those who love this green veggie and the first-timers who dare to taste it.

Ingredients:

3 tomatoes chopped into medium pieces
1 white onion chopped into small pieces
2 salted red eggs (itlog na maalat/pula) chopped into medium pieces
1 large ampalaya cut into half and then sliced thinly horizontally

Garnish:
4 huge calamansi
2 tablespoons vinegar
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon pepper 


1. After cutting all the ingredients, soak the ampalaya (bitter melon) in water with 1 tbsp of salt. Wait for about 15 to 30 minutes, then start squeezing the ampalaya until all its juice is gone. (note: the longer you soak it, the less bitter it would be).

2. Mix all the veggies and egg together. Add pepper, sugar and vinegar on the salad. Squeeze 4 calamansi on the salad, but make sure not to include the seeds. Taste it to add sugar, if the salad is too sour.
 3. Put the salad in the refrigerator before serving. If it gets too watery, then remove the excess sauce. The salad is best served cold. I made it as a side dish for my pork chop and it was a superb combination. It is also perfect with pork/chicken adobo. 
I hope you enjoyed the Ampalaya Salad and finally learn to love this green veggie like I do. Check out my other recipes Beef Sukiyaki and Ginataang Hipon

NOTE: I am not a professional chef or cook, but I do cook cos i love to eat   :)

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4 comments:

  1. I tried this at home and my hubby loved it. He was surprised that it was ampalaya :)

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  2. mine was not that successful. ang pait pa rin! hahaha..better luck next time

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