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Scrambled Egg With Bitter Gourd



Scrambled Egg with Bitter Gourd
Scrambled Egg with Bitter Gourd

Have I not told you that I was in an Asian shop last Saturday? Right, I did! Okay. We went to the Asian supermarket, Tain Kim Heng. We bought a lot of Asian food for storage. What I really loved to buy was soybean sprouts but they were sold out and their was no fresh bitter gourd or Ampalaya in the veggie shelves. I was craving for these healthy vegetables that at least I bought a frozen bitter gourd. It was not as good as the fresh one but it was better than nothing. As  I was busy baking and did not want to do a lot of cooking, so I just cooked a simple menu for my dinner. I made a simple scramble egg with bitter gourd.

 

Ingredients:

2 eggs, well beaten

1 clove of garlic

1 ripe tomato

1 piece of spring onion

1 piece of bitter gourd or ampalaya, sliced

vegetable oil for frying

1-2 tablespoons soy sauce

white pepper powder

 

How to cook it:

  1. Sliced the garlic.
  2. Wash the tomato and slice it into small cubes.
  3. Wash the spring onion and cut it into small pieces, too.
  4. Heat the wok or frying pan.
  5. Saute the garlic, tomato and ampalaya until the vegetable is tender.
  6. Add the blended eggs to the sauted veggie mixture.
  7. Add salt or soy sauce and white pepper powder.
  8. Add the spring onion and mix them well until the eggs are done.
  9. Taste it and if it is not salty enough, you can add more soy sauce.
  10. Serve with boiled rice.
Bitter Melon, Ampalaya, Bitter Gourd
Bitter Melon, Ampalaya, Bitter Gourd

Scrambled egg with ampalaya / bitter gourd / bitter melon is a simple recipe for breakfast in the Philippines. It is usually served with boiled rice and fried dried fish. This vegetable has a lot of health benefits like it lowers blood sugar. If you want to know more about this vegetable, here´s the link https://blogjob.com/mykitchenandi/2016/04/15/bitter-melon-a-healthy-food/ 

 

Take Note:

Frozen Ampalaya is watery when use in cooking. It was the first time I have made this recipe from a frozen ampalaya and I was not contented as it was not so crispy as I used to. If you cook this recipe, please use the fresh one. To avoid bitterness of this vegetable, squeeze this sliced veggie with salt.

 

Thanks for reading. Let me know if you have tried cooking this recipe and how you like it.

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Bitter Melon, A Healthy Food

Bitter Melon, Ampalaya, Bitter Gourd Plant
Bitter Melon, Ampalaya, Bitter Gourd Plant

Have you heard about bitter melon? Have you eaten this healthy vegetable?

 

I was thinking about what to write today in my kitchen blog without cooking. I was thinking of what food I have missed. Food that I have not eaten for almost 2 years while staying here in Germany. I have missed a lot of Filipino vegetables like Kangkong (water spinach), Ganas (sweet potato leaves) and bitter melon or bitter gourd.

 

Bitter Melon, Ampalaya, Bitter Gourd or Goya is a tropical and subtropical vine with a long edible pod and has a soft warty skin. It has light to dark green color. There are many variations of bitter melon but I am describing here the Ampalaya, a Filipino variation.

 

Writing about bitter melon makes me hungry. It reminded me of how my late mother and my late grandmother used to grill this food on a coconut charcoal fire. Then they sliced it into pieces and dunk each pieces into coconut vinegar before eating. As I can remember, it was only me who joined them eating this bitter food. I did not know at that time then that this food was so healthy. Until now!

 

Health benefits of bitter melon:

Through my research, I have found out that bitter melon

  1. lowers blood sugar. This vegetable is good for those who have Type 2 Diabetes.
  2. helps break down kidney stones naturally by drinking bitter melon tea.
  3. lower cholesterol. It reduces the possibility of having a stroke, heart attack and other heart diseases.
  4. a liver tonic, especially good for alcohol drinkers.
  5. it´s beneficial for the skin. Good for those who have acne and eczema problems.
  6. it helps when having constipation.
  7. It has  lots of vitamins and minerals besides low in calories. 100 gram of bitter melon has only 19 calories.

 

How does the bitter melon taste?

Bitter melon is indeed bitter but if you squeeze salt in this sliced veggie before cooking, the bitterness is lesser than before.

 

How to cook bitter melon?

  • Making scrambled eggs with this veggie.
  • Stir frying this with eggplant, squash, okra, string beans and pork meat. This Filipino recipe is called Pinakbet. Instead of pork, you can also use beef, chicken or shrimps  meat.
  • Grilling it on an open fire and eat it with vinegar and soy sauce.
  • Making pickled bitter melon.
  • Making tea from sun dried bitter melon.

 

I hope I have encouraged you to eat this bitter edible pod vegetable. I hope I can go to the Asian shop soon to buy this healthy food and I will cook for you to see how I make it. Thanks for reading😀

Source: Wikipedia

P.S. I will upload the photo later when the “Add Image” is functioning. Update : Photo is uploaded but I had to change the theme of this site.

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My Hot Pancit Canton

Served Hot Pancit Canton
Served Hot Pancit Canton

Pancit Canton is a traditional Filipino stir fried noodles with chicken, pork, beef or seafood with vegetables. Any vegetables can do and it´s up to you what kind of veggies. As I am living in Germany and Asian shop is far from where I live and so I just use any vegetables I can buy in the supermarket nearby.

 

When it comes to cooking, I am very creative and I tweak the recipes whenever I want another taste. Working together with Thai women in my part-time job, I came to taste what Thai food is. Delicious and hot besides being healthy. My workmates bring food with them to work everyday and they share it with me. They also tell  me often times how they cook and what they cook. Like the Filipinos, they eat rice 3 times a day with stir fried meat and vegetables and a lot of seafood. They love eating fruits. No wonder they look so healthy and slender.

 

Anyway, going back to cooking. I cooked Pancit Canton last Sunday and it was not in the typical Filipino way. I made it hot from the package of Thai chilies that my Thai workmate had given me. I tweaked my Pancit Canton and made it a bit hot Thai stir fried noodles. Cooking this hot, made me think of my sis who doesn´t like hot food. Well, I have to cook in traditional Filipino way when my relatives come to visit us.

Thai Chilies
Thai Chilies

Ingredients of my Hot Pancit Canton:

 

1 package of Pancit Canton (soak in a hot water for a minute or 2)

250 grams pork meat, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small onion sliced in cubes

1 small ripe tomato, washed and  sliced in cubes

1 stalk of leek, washed and cut in small pieces

1 carrot, peeled and sliced in stripes

1 Kohlrabi, peeled, washed and cut into stripes

1 red pepperoni, washed, deseeded and cut in stripes

2 Thai red chilis, washed and slantly cut with seeds

2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce

vegetable oil for frying

1 spring onion, washed and cut in small pieces

2 pieces of cabbage, washed and thinly sliced

 

For the meat marinade:

3 tablespoons of soy sauce

2 crushed garlic

juice of a half lemon

 

Procedure:

  1. Marinade the thinly sliced pork meat for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the wok or frying pan in medium heat and put oil in it.
  3. Saute the garlic, onion, tomatoes and stir well.
  4. Add the marinated pork meat and mix well with the garlic tomato mixture. Let it simmer until the meat is tender.
  5. Then add the leeks, carrots, Kohlrabi, pepperoni and chili in it. Mix well.
  6. Add the cabbage and the soak pancit canton.
  7. Add the spring onions and soy sauce. Mix the food well and add more soy sauce or salt for your own taste.
  8. Serve with rice or just alone.

 

Tips: If you don´t like it hot, just omit the pepperoni and the chili. You can use other vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or whichever veggies in season. Chicken meat and seafood are also applicable to this Pancit Canton recipe. Leftover Pancit Canton is delicious for making sandwiches for the next day.  Bon Apetit!

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How To Keep Your House Not Smelly When Frying Dried Fish

Dried fish with rice and veggies
Dried fish with rice and veggies

Here I go again, writing about food when it´s almost midnight. I wonder why I am always like this. Though I have eaten fried dried anchovies last night with rice and tomato slices, I still miss a lot of Filipino food here in Germany. I think most of the  Filipino expats like me and Filipino overseas workers can relate to this. Food photos from our facebook friends make our mouths water. Just like me last night. I saw the post of my fb friend inviting us to eat fried “Tuyo” (dried fish) with her reminded me that I still have dried fish in my kitchen cupboard. I forgot from whom I got it. After that I went to the kitchen and fried the dried anchovies. But before I did the frying I did a lot of things to avoid the smell of this food in the whole flat.

Fried dried anchovies
Fried dried anchovies

Preparation before frying dried fish:

 

  1. Get off the coats, jackets, cap, gloves and other clothes hanging in your open wardrobe in the hallway.
  2. Put all those clothes in your bedroom to keep them from the smell of the dried fish.
  3. Close all the doors in your rooms included the kitchen.
  4. Put a few drops of lemongrass / peppermint / bergamote and other citrus essential oils with water in your candle burner and put it on. Put it directly in the kitchen and in the room near to the kitchen.
  5. Open the window in the kitchen.
  6. Put on the range hood over your cooking range.
  7. Put a half liter of water in a pot, add a cup of vinegar and fresh juice of a half  lemon and let the mixture simmer in a medium heat without the lid of the pot. Continue to simmer the mixture even if you are done with frying until there´s only a few water left in the pot.
  8. After frying, clean the pan with dishwasher liquid and vinegar to get rid of the smell.

 

I know! Some of you might laugh about this blog. Plenty of things to do for a stinky food but it´s worth the trouble. Dried fish in the Philippines smells good but here in Germany and other countries in the world, it stinks that some husbands don´t allow their Pinay wives to fried this food in the house. Besides that, you will have trouble with your neighbours.

 

The house is not smelling. So I did it right! Thanks for reading and enjoy your Tuyo or dried fish!

 

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