I was at a friends house having this scrumptious dish for lunch. Many Filipinos are familiar with this dish. We call it Ginisang Ampalaya with egg, or some call it sarciadong ampalaya. Ampalaya is a Filipino name for Bitter Melon. The taste of bitter melon is bitter that is why it is called bitter melon and my mom used to tell us we have to eat this dish. As a child it is the least dish I would eat but my mother has a way of cooking this dish so as not to taste bitter. Then she followed to tell us that this vegetable is good to people who are low in iron and as a child and growing we should eat it. Geez, it sounds like mandatory and we do not have any option at those time we have to eat. But mom has her ways of cooking this dish without tasting the bitterness and I missed it. It take years for me not eating Ampalaya stir fry, in my mind it's only my mothers dish that taste good and it is true. Now that I am big and accepted that those are memories I could keep since my mom passed away many moons ago then I started to eat this dish again. Sorry about this post it become mellow drama instead of being joyful. ^_^ Happy weekend everyone!
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