Braised Bitter Melon With Ground Pork
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
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Serves: 6-8
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 shallots or large size onions, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil or coconut oil
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 3 medium size bitter melon, peeled, cored and sliced thin
  • 2 small tomatoes, diced or 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. of fish sauce
  • salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste, optional
  • ¼ cup of cilantro, chopped
  1. In a large skillet, sauté the garlic and onions in hot oil until the garlic is light brown.
  2. Add the ground pork until it's thoroughly cooked.
  3. Add the sliced bitter melon, tomato paste and water, cover, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the bitter melon is slightly tender.
  4. Add the fish sauce, salt, ground pepper and diced tomatoes. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add and mix the cilantro.
  6. Serve while still hot - typically with rice.
To prepare the bitter melon:
  1. Wash the bitter melon. Cut both ends and in half lengthwise.
  2. Remove the seeds using a small spoon.
  3. Cut them diagonally into thin slices, about ¼ inch or thinner if you can.
  4. Place the bitter melon in a big bowl with lukewarm water, add a teaspoon of salt.
  5. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes or more to remove some of the bitterness.
  6. Drain the water. Using your hands, squeeze the juice out of the bitter melons as much as possible.
You can also use ground beef, ground chicken, shrimps or eggs.
For vegetarian with eggs:
1. 6 eggs, slightly beaten
2. Add the beaten eggs to the bitter melon a few minutes before it's completely done.
3. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture egg is firm. Stir well.
Recipe by Lani Cooks at