Ampalaya Guisado

Ampalaya Guisado

Prep Time: 25-30 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hr
Servings: 4-6

Ampalaya Guisado(Sauteed Bittermelon)
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 medium bittermelon(scrap out the middle part of it and cut up into thin slices. Marinate in cold water with salt in it. Drain the water to take out the bitterness and do it once again
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 lb pork belly
  • 1/4 lb peeled shrimp
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil


  • Boil pork in 1 cup water. Wait until it dries up then add oil
  • Toast pork until brown and crispy. Set aside
  • Sautee garlic, onions then tomato
  • Once brown and cooked, add shrimp. Sautee for about 4-5 minutes
  • Add fish sauce
  • Add pork then water. Simmer for 10-15 minutes
  • Add bittermelon. Do not stir yet. Wait for about 2-3 minutes
  • Simmer for another 10 minutes
  • Beat eggs and pour on the pan. Do not mix for the next 10-15 seconds.
  • Add ground pepper
  • Stir for a little bit
  • Turn off
  • Serve with rice



  • Marinating in cold water and salt takes off the bitterness of the bittermelon
  • Toasting the pork is the secret that adds more flavor to it
  • You can also jusy buy lechon kawali(roast pork belly) versus cooking the pork itself

“Cookery is not chemistry. It is an Art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements”. – Xavier Marcel Boulestin (French Chef)

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