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Ensaladang Ampalaya Recipe
Bitter Melon Salad
Ensaladang Ampalaya

Bitter and salty flavors are blended together in this unique and highly nutritious salad from Vincent Yap at The Westin, Philippine Plaza. This salad makes a refreshing appetizer, although the bitterness of the melon and the strong flavor of the fermented baby shrimp (bagoong alamang) may take some getting used to for non-Filipinos.

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

kusina instructions
1 Sprinkle the bitter melons with the salt and place them in a colander for 30 minutes to drain. Rinse off the salt and dab the melon slices with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

2 In a large mixing bowl, toss the melon slices with the remaining ingredients. Allow to stand for 10 minutes to let the flavors develop, then serve.

Makes 4 cups 
Preparation time: 20 mins



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