I Am Not Bitter

@brokenbee (7806)
Philippines
February 21, 2017 4:18am CST
I am not bitter, are you? -little bitter melon I had this idea when I heard a local song* here in my country, in our language that says, "di ako bitter", (I am not bitter). But I will not talk about that further, rather, I will just share with you the recipe of my mother that I really love. It's an appetizer. As you can see on the photo, my mother makes use of little bitter melons and vinegar. She also adds a little salt, pepper, some cloves of garlic and sometimes, small white onions. She soaks the bitter melon in vinegar. It's not bitter at all. I let her make this last week. Have you tried it? *Bitter Song by Calla Lily
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@ridingbet (43583)
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
i actually had a status post on FB about that appetizer of bitter gourd mixed in vinegar, with tomatoes, onions, salt, pepper, and a little sugar. it stayed crispy and crunchy even if it was inside the jar.
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
Yup, I think I saw that Ate. That looks delicious, too.
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@ridingbet (43583)
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
@brokenbee it's now consumed.good evening
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
@ridingbet Hmmm I might also try that next time Ate. We still have a few pieces left in the jar. I eat about two to three per meal. Hihi
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@JustBhem (30202)
• Davao, Philippines
21 Feb 17
I like it cook with egg. Brother used to cook me that.
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
Oh yes, I like that, too! Hmm
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@JustBhem (30202)
• Davao, Philippines
22 Feb 17
@brokenbee Time to time I eat that because it helps. But it should be well cooked and not bitter anymore.
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
22 Feb 17
@JustBhem I love the bitter taste of bitter melon. Hihihi
@averygirl72 (16677)
• Philippines
24 Feb 17
You did not cook the ampalaya. You just soak it? It's like pickled?
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
24 Feb 17
Yes.. It's raw.. It's pickled...
@averygirl72 (16677)
• Philippines
24 Feb 17
@brokenbee Oh I see. We haven't tried that at home
@sunrisefan (16909)
• Philippines
22 Feb 17
Seriously, try this - slice the ampalaya into small bits and sout them in pinapple juice with some pineapple chunks. Put it in the ref overnight. The next day you'll have a great appetizer. BTW, when you slice the ampalaya, let them drop on very cold water to keep them chunky. When everything is sliced, that's the time you throw away the water and pour in the mixture of pineapple juice with little chunks.
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
22 Feb 17
Hmmm that's an interesting recipe, Engineer! Hihi! I'm going to try that too! Thanks!
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@sunrisefan (16909)
• Philippines
22 Feb 17
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@sunrisefan (16909)
• Philippines
22 Feb 17
If you are not bitter, then you must be sweet
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
22 Feb 17
I can be sweet and bitter at the same time, said the little bitter melon. Hihihihihi
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@sunrisefan (16909)
• Philippines
22 Feb 17
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@SIMPLYD (77451)
• Philippines
22 Feb 17
So, this is what you are talking about in my previous post about the bitter gourd or bitter melon. Does, it really have to be the small ones. Well, I have read that the small ones, since they are young hasn't developed yet the bitter taste, so that' why maybe it's these small ones for this appetizer. I will try this when I find some small bitter gourd.
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
22 Feb 17
Yup, this is it. Hmmm Yes, the small ones have milder bitter taste than the big ones. I am not sure if you can use the big ones but I had seen my mother use these small bitter melon eversince.
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@SIMPLYD (77451)
• Philippines
23 Feb 17
@brokenbee Then,it should really be the small ones only.
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• Philippines
21 Feb 17
Gulp! that's just too much for my liver
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
It is good for the liver, right?
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
@brokenbee I will do my research.
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@ilocosboy (34345)
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
Wow, so does that taste sweet now, no more bitter melon... sweet melon now.
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
Ahaha yup! It becomes a little sweet. The little bitter melon has a mild bitter taste.
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@ilocosboy (34345)
• Philippines
22 Feb 17
@brokenbee hmm, my curiosity in this good is up
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• Philippines
21 Feb 17
I just ate something like that last week but the bitter gourd was sliced thinly. It was so good.
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
Yup, I had seen some that slice it thinly and they add tomatoes.
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
@brokenbee the one I ate does not have tomatoes. Just the bitter gourd, which was not bitter, and vinegar and perhaps secret ingredients.
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@Corbin5 (95827)
• United States
21 Feb 17
I have never tried this, but the recipe seems like a simple one.
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
Yes, it is very simple... Very easy to make. =)
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• Philippines
21 Feb 17
Nope I haven't tried it. I think that is cool. But my friends put salt and wash it just to wash away a bit of bitterness. Lolb
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
Oh yes, some do that. But we don't. Anyway, the little bitter melon has just a mild bitter taste.
@rina110383 (24149)
21 Feb 17
Haven't tried bitter melon soaked in vinegar. I love eating bitter melon though.
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
Me, too! I love eating bitter melon...
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@amnabas (9988)
• Karachi, Pakistan
21 Feb 17
Sounds awkward... But I hope you like it.
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
21 Feb 17
Yup! I like it especially if we have fried foods.
@mavlana (1030)
• India
23 Feb 17
I never tried it...Thanks for sharing it.
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