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Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) With Pork

Ampalaya (bitter melon) is an oblong, ribbed, and wrinkled fruit grown throughout the Philippines.

Recipe Source: Healthy Heart, Healthy Family Manual for the Filipino Community


1 Tbsp olive oil

1 C onion, 1 medium, chopped

6 cloves garlic, crushed

½ lb lean ground pork

2 C ampalaya (bitter melon), sliced

2 tsp lite soy sauce

½ tsp ground black pepper

Photograph of the completed recipe.
calories 150
Total fat 6 g
Saturated fat 2 g
Cholesterol 45 mg
Sodium 200 mg
Total fiber 1 g
Protein 17 g
Carbohydrates 7 g
Potassium 600 mg
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 1
    Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Lightly sauté onion and garlic.

  • 2
    Add the ground pork, and cook until almost done.

  • 3
    Add the sliced ampalaya (bitter melon). Cover and simmer until the bitter melon turns green. Do not overcook.

  • 4
    Season with lite soy sauce and black pepper, and serve.

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