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Ensaladang Ampalaya (Bitter Melon Salad) Recipe
by ShaleeDP

Ensaladang Ampalaya (Bitter Melon Salad)

This is a very quick and easy salad recipe with bitter melons, tomato, chrimp paste... Very good for those with anemia.

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Prep time: Philippines Filipino
Cook time: Servings: 1


  • 4 small bitter melons (about 12 oz/350 g), deseeded and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 5 shallots, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste (bagoong alamang)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 5 red bird’s eye chilies (siling labuyo), sliced (optional)
  • 1 small cucumber (cubed)
  • 1 tablespoon kalamansi lime juice or lemon juice


  1. Sprinkle the bitter melons with the salt and place them in a colander for 30 minutes to drain.
  2. Rinse off the salt and dab the melon slices with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, toss the melon slices with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Allow to stand for 10 minutes to let the flavors develop, then serve.