[FILIPINO FOOD RECIPE] Sautéed Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) con Tuna
3 tomatoes finely chopped
3 tbsp. Fish sauce
2 large bitter melon thinly sliced, salted and squeezed (to remove its bitter taste)
2 eggs scrambled
Salt and pepper
- Saute garlic and onions in a frying pan until onions become transparent.
- Add the finely sliced tomatoes and stir until tomatoes are cooked.
- Add the fish sauce and stir.
- Add the tuna flakes and stir.
- Add the finely sliced bitter melon and stir until bitter melon is cooked.
- Add the scrambled eggs.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add some water and bring it to boil (optional).
- Taste and serve.
Ironically, the Filipinos has an old saying that if you do not want the bitter melon to be bitter in taste, put a smile on your face as you are putting the bitter melon into the cooking pan, and remember not to frown. Funny isn’t it? But most Filipinos do the same, believing that there’s no harm in trying.
By the way, Most Filipinos use ground pork or pork strips for this but for my own version, I use tuna flakes because I want everything on it to be healthy since bitter melon itself is already a packed with essential vitamins and nutrients needed by our body.
Sad to say, most parents struggle from having their children to eat this vegetable dish due to its bitter taste, but in my case, my 7-year-old girl just love this, and I am so grateful for that.