Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ginataang Ampalaya

Ginataang Ampalaya. To Bicolanos most likely vegetables are cooked with coconut, even the bitter guard or ampalaya. Today I would like to share how I cooked my Ginataang Ampalaya, one of my favorite Bicolano vegetable dish cooked with coconut milk. For the “sahog” instead usual healthier tinapa, I used pork and some prawns or shrimp. I also added some sautéed salted shrimp krill or “bagoong alamang” to make it pungent to compensate the coconut oily taste and spiciness from the hot chilies. The ampalaya shall be cut in thin slices and should be slightly overcooked to overcome the raw taste of ampalaya.

If you have been a pan of ampalaya then Ginataang Amplaya is strongly recommended to try, you will surely enjoy love it.

Here is the recipe of my Ginattang Ampalaya.


2-3 large size ampalaya, trimmed, deseeded, cut into thin slices.

2 cups pork, boiled, cut into thin strips

2 cups small to medium size shrimp, shelled

1-2 tbsp. sautéed salted shrimp krill, bagoong alamang

1 big can, canned coconut cream

1/2 head garlic, peeled, chorused, chopped

1 medium size onion, peeled, chopped

1-2 tsp. chili flakes

3-5 hot chili

2-3 tbsp. fish sauce


cooking oil

Cooking procedure:

In a wok or large frying pan, heat generous amount of cooking oil, sauté the garlic and onion until fragrant. Stir in the pork and continue to stir cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Add in the chili flakes, chilies, bagoong alamang and fish sauce. Stir cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Now add in 3/4 of the coconut cream and about 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to about half, stirring occasionally. Add in the shrimp, ampalaya and remaining coconut cream, continue to cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until the ampalaya start to be lumpy, stir once in a while only just to avoid burning at the bottom. Correct saltiness if required. Serve with a lot of rice.

See other related Ginataang recipe:

Ginataang Sugpo at Kalabasa

Ginataang Tabagwang at Puso ng Saging

Ginataang Kuhol with Kangkong

Ginataang Pitik with Spinach, Slipper Lobster in Coconut Milk with Spinach

Ginataang Alimango with Malungay

Ginataang King Crab, King Crab in Coconut Milk

Ginataang Susong Pilipit with Banana Blossom

Ginataang Puso ng Saging at Saang

Ginataang Puso ng Saging at Hipon

Ginataang Sugpo at Kamias

Ginataang Alimasag at Malungay

Ginataang Tahong, Mussels in Coconut Milk

Ginataang Pitik, Slipper Lobsters

Ginataang Langka na may Alimasag

Ginataang Halaan

Ginataang Kuhol

Ginataang Hipon Tabang at Bulaklak ng Kalabasa

Ginataang Hipon

Green Mussels and Vegetables in Coconut Milk

Kinunot na Alimasag


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