Sautéed Bitter Melon, Tomato, Shrimp, and Egg

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By Angela Dimayuga and Ligaya Mishan

Published 2021

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Ampalaya, or bitter melon, is beautiful: green, bumpy, and vaguely reptilian, like an embryonic dragon. True to its name, it’s profoundly bitter. When I was growing up, it definitely seemed like food for adults. Still, I had fun preparing it, running my fingers over its rough Braille, cutting it in half lengthwise and then scooping out the white pith and seeds, or shaving it super-thin on a mandoline and adding salt to make a pickle.

It was Chinese