Ampalaya with Egg

I hate ampalaya. When I was a little kid, I always complain to my mother whenever we have this vegetable for dinner. I usually argue that ampalaya is bitter because it is poisonous. But she didn't say anything to contradict me. She just continued eating the ampalaya, as if to prove that it is not a poisonous veggie.

My Beloved declared that her favorite vegetable is Ampalaya. She told me that she will cook it more often so I should better try to like it. (Oh no!!!!)

Actually, my “hatred” to ampalaya has lessened a little bit. I can now eat it despite its bitterness.

It is now the Season of Lent for Catholics. I vowed not to eat meat for this whole season. Vegetable, egg and fish are now the stars in my menu. Thus, I cooked ampalaya with egg.

First thing that I did is to cut the ampalaya to bite-sized pieces.

Ampalaya being sliced


I then sauteed it on a hot pan.

Ampalaya being sauteed


I waited for the ampalaya to be cooked. I then poured the beaten egg. Then some vetsin (MSG) and fish sauce.

Voila! My ampalaya with egg is finished.

Ampalaya with Egg


The ampalaya is not fully cooked but I think that was ok because it made the ampalaya crunchy. 

It is still bitter but that's OK. It reminds me of the bitter part of my life. Yes, this ampalaya helped me reflect on many things. We can say that life is like food. Not all of it are sweet. We also have the sour days, or that period when salty tears are pouring, or the spicy anger that take holds of us, and then the bitter moments when we feel so much pain.

Some experts say that ampalaya is good against diabetes, malaria, cancer and other diseases. With medicinal effects like these. I might consider eating ampalaya, especially if it cooked by my Beloved.

23 comments:

  1. Lagi namin tong niluluto. We are a family of diabetic kaya we really need to. and I loved ampalaya since I was able to taste my mom-in-law's dish with it. Then nagluluto na rin ako, usually with sotanghon and sardinas.

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    1. Parang naluto na rin ito ng parents ko. Yung sotanghon with ampalaya. Konti lang ba yung sabaw ng dish na iyon?

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    2. Inaabsorb kasi ng noodle yung sabaw kaya kumokonti. pero sa una, marami rami yun. habang iniinit, kumokonti.

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    3. Tama ka Rogie. Matakaw sa sabaw ang sotanghon.

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  2. My husband like ampalaya with egg din. Sa kanya rin ako natuto to like it too. =)

    Try rubbing the ampalaya pieces with a little salt before cooking. It will lessen the bitterness. =)

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion Ate Tin. I will rub salt the next time I cook ampalaya.

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  3. naglaway naman ako haha... isa ito sa mgha pinakafavorite ko Ish... seriously .. naalala ko ang lola ko sa dish na ito..
    hinahalo muna ito ng lola ko sa asin para malessen yung sobrang pakla nya

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    1. Bluedreamer, ikaw na ang ikalawang nag-suggest ng asin sa akin. I will really do that para naman mabawasan yung pait.

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  4. It's actually my favorite gulay ;-) When I was a child, the mothers of some of my classmates were fond of me because of the fact that when I visit their house I have no complains whenever the ulam is ampalaya. I don't know what's with ampalaya that I like. I just like it hehe.

    Whenever I buy ampalaya, I choose the light-colored ones. Yun po ang hindi masyadong mapait ;-)

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    1. Nortehanon

      Naks. Mabait na bata po kayo. Talagang kumakain ng ampalaya. :-)

      Thank you po for the tip. Now I know kung anong ampalaya ang bibilhin ko sa palengke.

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  5. Ahhhh!!!! Bitter gourd! I have that in my post today too. Hehehehehe!!!!

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  6. So bitter gourd is called ampalaya! Haha! Learn a new word! : )

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    1. Yes it is Foong. Ampalaya is the Filipino word for bitter gourd.

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  7. I think ampalaya with eggs are nice, but I have to admit it is not my favorite food though I can tolerate it

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    1. Hehe...we are the same Foong. We both can tolerate it.

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  8. Oh your beloved love ampalaya haha! No wonder you have to learn how to love it! : D

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    1. Haha...that's the reason why I have to learn eating amplaya Foong.

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  9. I always enjoy pan mee with ampalaya - one of my favorites!

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  10. Ampalaya is indeed good for health. In fact, bitter food are usually good for health. Must eat more ampalaya yes? : D

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    1. Yes, Foong. You are correct. There are many health benefits from ampalaya. Many diabetics take this to combat diabetes. You should eat a lot of it too so you will grow into a healthy panda.

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  11. I remember when I was a child. My mother always prepare me this everytime i go to school. i love this actually. yummy!

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