Beef Ampalaya

This beef ampalaya recipe will be done in no time with just a handful of ingredients. The bitter vegetable is an excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamin B and phosphorus. It has a long history as a medicinal plant, helps diabetics, and has anti-cancer properties as well. There’s just so much to gain from eating this at home that we need a delicious and easy recipe to include it on our weekly menu. Just use high-quality and real oyster sauce to make the dish, and don’t overcook your beef to make this tasty recipe. We separated cooking the ampalaya to keep the crunch that we love and keeps the dish from getting too bitter. Just double the recipe for a bigger batch and enjoy!

Beef Ampalaya

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Serves: 2-3 Cooking Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 piece medium deseeded ampalaya (bitter melon), cut into 2 and sliced ¼ inch
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 kilo beef sirloin
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste



Place ampalaya slices in a bowl with 1 tablespoon salt, cover with water. Leave for 10 minutes and drain.


Sauté ampalaya in 1 tablespoon oil until cooked. Set aside.


Sauté garlic in 2 tablepoons oil until golden.


Add beef and cook quickly until just brown on all sides.


Add oyster sauce and mix in ampalaya.


Season with salt and pepper.


Leaving ampalaya in water lessens the bitterness of the vegetable.

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