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Ampalaya with Black Beans (Tausi)

Ampalaya with Black Beans is a delicious and healthy bitter melon vegetable dish with beef and salted black beans (tausi).
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 244kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized bitter melon
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ pound beef sliced thinly
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 thumb ginger julienned
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons salted black beans tausi, discard liquid
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch in 1 teaspoon water mix
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  • Soak bitter melon in warm water with salt for at least 30 minutes or longer.
  • Marinate beef in 1 teaspoon soy sauce & 2 teaspoons cornstarch for 1 hour in the fridge.
  • In a pan, heat oil over medium – low heat.
  • Fry bitter melon for 30 to 45 seconds each side. Remove from pan. Set aside.
  • On the same pan, saute beef until light brown. Remove and set aside.
  • Saute onion, ginger and garlic.
  • Stir-in black beans (tausi). Cook for a minute.
  • Toss-in beef and continue cooking for 2 minutes.
  • Add 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and ½ teaspoon sugar.
  • Add ½ cup water.
  • Dilute 1 teaspoon cornstarch in 1 teaspoon water.
  • Pour over mixture to thicken sauce.
  • Stir-in bitter melon for a minute.
  • Turn off heat and transfer dish to a serving plate so bitter melon does not overcook.
  • Serve hot with lots of rice. Enjoy!

Notes

Keep ampalaya (bitter melon) crisp with a crunch, not overcooked.

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 482mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg