Munggo with Ampalaya (beans with bitter melon)

This is a version of my wife, I already posted my version. Not much different actually, We just want to let you know some varieties to cook munggo beans. On my version, I cook this with a noodle, Monggo beans with sotanghon. My wife version is cooked with bittermelon. I will tell you a little story about this dish. I have a friend back home who was in jail for a couple of months because of drink driving. He said that almost every other day inside the prison camp they eat this meal as their lunch. He said, just the munggo beans no special meat inside. Meaning it’s just the munggo beans sauted in garlic and onions and lots of water as their soup and viand.  Back to my friends, he was out of prison now! A friendly reminder to all drivers out there. Never drive when your drunk! ……………………….Did you know that bittermelon Pulp or flesh is crisp and watery similar to that of cucumber. If you want to make bitter gourd taste better or less bitter, then you have to add salt and then wash it before consumption. Bitter melon juice can be a good alternative for weight loss because it is a natural diuretic and helps in improving blood circulation.

Ingredients: (serves 4-6 person)

  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 medium red onion (chopped)
  • 1 klio meaty pork bones (cut in serving portions)
  • 3tbsp bagoong isda (philippines style anchovies)
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup munggo beans (soaked in water for atleast 3 hours)
  • 1 bittermelon sliced
  • 1 litre water


  • in a sauce pan, boil monggo beans for about 20-30 minutes or until tender or beans has broken
  • In another sauce pan, saute garlic and onion, pour over pork bones and stir fry for about 3-5 minutes then seasoned with salt & pepper
  • pour over boiled monggo. let it boil, add in bittermelon and simmer of 2 minutes
  • Enjoy!!!

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Posted on April 5, 2012, in Mains, Pork, Soups, Vegetable dishes and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I haven’t had bittermelon in a while, time to cook some. Looks delicious. I usually can’t eat it the first day. The second day seems to taste better. Don’t know why…

    • in the philippines this is our favourite, but here in NZ, very seldom because of its season. One of my favourite vegetable. love it. Thanks

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