BEEF AMPALAYA (BITTER MELON) WITH YAKITORI SAUCE

Tonight’s dinner with fried TILAPIA!
Was only a try for this yakitori sauce if it is good to mix with bitter melon (ampalaya) and beef meat.

Just for a variation among Japanese sauces which I’m using. This is so funny because actually it refers to grilled chicken, is commonly a Japanese type of skewered chicken. The term “yakitori” can also refer to skewered food in general. But I’m refering to the sauce which was used here and tried to used it as a sauce in combination of amplaya ang beef meat as stir-fried dish. In one word another DOLLY’S EXPERIMENT!
So the term “YAKITORI” is used interchangeably in Japanese society.

YOU NEED…….

* 1 Large ampalaya (bittermelon/gourd)
* 1 smallonion, halved and sliced
* 2 tbsps. of ginger, julienned
* 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
* 1/4 cup of water
* some vegetable oil

FRO YAKITORI SAUCE

* 2 cups mirin
* 2 cups soy sauce
* 1 cup dry sake
* 2 tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
* 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
* 16 large scallions, cut into 1″ lengths
* 5 cloves garlic, crushed
* 1 2″ piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

HOW TO…….FOR YAKITORI SAUCE

** Transfer bones to a 4-qt. saucepan and add mirin, soy sauce, sake, sugar, pepper, green parts of scallions, garlic, ginger, and 1 cup water; bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 1½ hours. Pour through a fine strainer into a bowl.

HOW TO…….

** First, trim the ampalaya by cutting off both ends. Cut in half lengthwise. With a sturdy spoon, scape off the seeds and membranes. Cut into 1/4 inch slices, or thinner if you can manage it.

** Place the sliced ampalaya in a bowl and sprinkle generously with salt and cold water. Next smother it with plenty of salt and add water just above the ampalaya and let it soak for 20 minutes. After soaking, rinse it thoroughly and make sure all the salt has been rinsed off.

** In a wok or pan, heat some vegetable oil and saute onion, ginger, garlic and ampalaya until half cook, set aside.

** Same wok or pan, brown beef until done. Add yakitori sauce. Cover 6 minutes simmer on low heat until done. Then add back the ampalaya mix all together and that’s it.

I served it with fried Tilapia and rice.

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