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Beef Ampalaya
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How to Cook Beef Ampalaya (Beef with Bitter Gourd)

Beef ampalaya is not a traditional Filipino recipe but it was well accepted as one of the favorite Filipino dishes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Beef Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: beef ampalaya, bitter gourd with beef
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 312kcal
Author: Manny


  • 1/2 kilo beef tenderloin slice into strips
  • 1 large bitter gourd or ampalaya
  • 1 small size onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp salted black beans optional
  • cooking oil for sauteing


How to cook beef ampalaya:

  • Marinade the beef strips with soy sauce and pepper at least 15 minutes.
  • In a small wok or large skillet heat oil and stir fry the beef strips until it turns brown and sizzles. Set aside.
  • Heat oil again and saute garlic, onion and ampalaya.
  • Then add the oyster sauce, black beans and 1/4 cup water and simmer for at least 3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked beef and put a little magic sarap, about 1/2 tsp. then add the sugar.
  • Season with salt and mix then simmer again for a few seconds.
  • Turn off heat and serve hot.


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