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Gisadong Ampalaya (Ampalaya with eggs)

After I posted the article showing the fresh vegetables available here in Davao, I was asked to offer some recipes. Here is my first with the help of my wife Elena.

Ampalaya is a vegetable widely eaten here in the Philippines. The leaves and fruit – used as vegetables – are excellent sources of Vit B, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. It has twice the amount of beta carotene in broccoli and twice the calcium content of spinach.

It can be bitter if not prepared and cooked correctly. The first time I tasted it I did not mind the bitter taste but the aftertaste lingered too long. Once I tasted the way Elena makes it, I found there is a better way to prepare and I look forward to find it on the dinner table.

Here is the recipes from Elena’s Kitchen

Gisadong Ampalaya

2 Ampalaya
4 eggs
2 cloves diced garlic
½ cup diced white onion
1 cup diced red tomatoes (remove seeds)
½ tsp salt
3 tbsp vegetable oil
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 ½ tbsp butter
¼ tsp Marjoram (optional)
¼ tsb Thyme (optional)


1 tbsp salt
Boiling waterdscn1631

Slice Ampalaya lengthwise and remove seeds, then slice into very thin pieces.
Place slices into bowl and sprinkle with salt to absorb moisture.
Squeeze sliced Ampalaya to remove liquid and rinse and drain.
Cover with boiling water and let sit for approx 10-15 minutes.
Drain water and squeeze to remove remaining water.dscn1632
Put aside to rest for 5 minutes.

Cooking Directions:

Heat oil and butter in medium to large skillet over medium heat until hot
Add garlic and onions and cook until translucent
Add tomatoes and stir until hot
Add sliced Ampalaya, salt, pepper, thyme and marjoram and stir for about 10 minutes
Beat eggs and pour over mixture and stir until cooked.


If you have any recipes, please email them to me with any photos and I will try to post them and give you credit.

Eat and Enjoy

36 Responses to “Gisadong Ampalaya (Ampalaya with eggs)”

  1. Rochelle says:

    Hi! I’m back because I find your blog really nice. I hope you can write some posts about Mayor Duterte too.=) I’m sure it’ll be interesting. (I’m a big Duterte fan)
    I’ve added you to my “Hall of Fame” blogroll so I and my readers can easily access your blog.

  2. johnray says:

    Bruce, I never thought you were into cooking class.hehehe..ampalaya with eggs is my favorite’s good to know that you also enjoy it..Have you tried preparing it like a salad?

    • Bruce says:

      Years ago I did a lot of cooking. I would cook 2 large meals and then portion them out and vacuum seal them in individual bags so during the week I could microwave them or heat in boiling water. Then I got kind of lazy. Here Elena cooks most meals and she is an incredible cook. She makes some American style things for me too. You should try her shrimp and mussels in garlic and butter sauce over penne pasta, her salmon croquettes or her mashed potatoes.
      I have never had Ampalaya in a salad. The only way so far is as shown.

  3. Jade says:

    Ewwww! Don’t like ampalaya. I tried to eat it but it’s just bitter for me no matter how they cook it.

    That shrimp and mussels with garlic sounds delightful – my favorite!

    Btw, I am not pregnant yet…hopefully soon.

    • Bruce says:

      After I tasted it at the carendaria, I did not want to try at home. Elena asked me to try a little and being a good husband, I took a little. I was surprised. I think the salting, draining and per boiling it what takes the bitterness away.
      I am sorry I was confused with your pregnancy, but I am sure your husband and you are enjoying the practice.
      Best of luck.

  4. Jade says:

    @ LOL@ Yes we are! It’s important to enjoy the time and not to stress too much

  5. maria says:

    hi bruce
    my introduction to this vegetable was in pinakbit which also contained eggplant made by my friends mom. did not like it.

    now if i find this vegetable here in florida,(there is another name for it in bisaya besides ampalaya) i might pick it up and give it a whirl thanks to elenas recipe.

    thanks for posting


  6. Wow, I have never tried this but it looks so good on the pictures! You are so lucky Bruce to live there!! When I get rich(er) I might live there too:)

    • Bruce says:

      It has a different taste, but with all your travels to SE Asia, and all the foods you have tried, you might enjoy.
      If you ever get rich, remember your poor friend in Davao who advised you and maybe you will donate to my monthly meger funds. 🙂

  7. pinaymommy says:

    Hello Bruce! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a very thoughtful comment. I am happy to know that you are liking it here in the Philippines.

    Anyway, I don’t like ampalaya before but when I reached around my mid-20s, I was already eating it out of health reasons. 🙂

    • Bruce says:

      I enjoyed your site and my pleasure to visit. Every day is a learning experience but I learn to “go with the flow”
      I do not know if you cook the ampalaya like Elena, but here way does remove the bitter taste.

  8. Evelyn says:

    i like this ampalaya with eggs…it’s my comfort food..
    BTW i stumbled on your website and got hook reading it..

    • Bruce says:

      I am glad you found my site. I am encouraged when I get new visitors that comment and tell me they enjoy my writings and articles.
      I tried to visit you site but you must have mistyped the link since it did not work.
      Please continue to comment if there is something you agree or even disagree with.

  9. Anthony says:

    Bruce,I wonder if Elena can teach my wife Eileen those American dishes? I love most all I eat in the Phil except Balut. My crystal ball can see a Phil/ex-pat Restuarant next to Ahfat.Can you see it?

    • Bruce says:

      I can see it too, it will have Filipino dishes, American dishes and if you can find the black eyed pea and collards, some “Soul food too. I see you financing it, Are wives managing the Kitchen and me up front greeting the customers and managing the place. With a good salary of course too. 🙂

  10. maria says:

    my husband and i reside in bradenton, fl


  11. maria says:

    hi bruce

    depending on traffic, bradenton is two hours from orlando.

  12. MsRay says:

    I miss eating gisadong ampalaya. I’ll have to go to the grocery tomorrow to buy bitter melon so that I can make one now that I have your recipe 🙂

    Btw, thanks for leaving a comment on my “weight loss” post. YOU ARE RIGHT! The “American diet” is wrecking havoc on my weight.

    • Bruce says:

      I hope your new Philippine Diet works, it will get your husband healthier too. Maybe post before and after photos. Then publish the MsRay Diet book. I get commission for comming up with the idea.

  13. Sheystrides says:

    Masarap! I love ampalaya with scrambled eggs.

    That’s why I can’t resist na mag comment dito kahit hindi bago ang post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Bruce says:

      Thnks for visiting. Never feel a post is too old to comment on. I love comments and it helps me know my readers and what they like or do not like from my writings. It also help me think of new subjects to write about.

  14. Nene says:

    hello again, Bruce..i always love this recipe..your wife’s way of preparing the ampalaya is exactly the same way i do..anyways, the visayan version of ampalaya is paliya or, in my native tongue, it’s called amargoso..

    love your site, keep it up!!


    • Bruce says:

      As I wrote, the first time I tried it was as a carenderia and it was bitter. The way Elena makes it, it is delicious.
      Thank you for enjoying my site. Please tell your friends.

  15. Philmor says:

    Wow, one of my favorite recipe. I also love grilled ampalaya… yummy.. with salted egg and fresh tomatoes.. 😉

    • Bruce says:

      Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy my articles.
      I have never tried it grilled. Does the grilling remove the bitterness as salting and soaking in boiled water does?

  16. Random T. says:

    I noticed that this is not the first time at all that you mention the topic. Why have you decided to write about it again?

  17. LinZi says:

    Keep up the great work! Look forward to reading more from you in the future. I think it will be also nice if you add “send to email” tool so people can forward the articles to their friends easily.

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