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Ampalaya con Carne (Beef with Bitter Melon)

Ampalaya con Carne (Beef with Bitter Melon)

Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Liza Agbanlog


  • ½ lb beef sirloin tip steak
  • 2 medium pieces (about 1 lb) ampalaya (Chinese Bitter Melon)
  • 2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • ¼ cup water


  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice wine or sherry
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


  • Slice the sirloin steak into thin, narrow strips.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients for the marinade. Add the sliced beef and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the bitter melon by slicing in half, lengthwise. Remove the seeds with a spoon and then slice each half crosswise as thinly as possible.
  • Using a non-stick skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add the marinated beef and stir-fry until the beef is no longer pink, around 3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon oyster sauce and stir to coat.
  • Stir in the bitter melon. Add the water and the remaining 2 tablespoons oyster sauce. Stir and then cook, covered until the bitter melon is crisp tender, around 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the skillet sit, covered for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving plate and serve with steamed rice.