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Pinapaitan sa Ampalaya

Beef offal soup with bitter melon.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: bitter melon, bitter soup, papaitan
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 781kcal
Author: Vanjo Merano


  • 2 bitter melons
  • 10 ounces beef tripe boiled and chopped
  • 10 ounces beef heart boiled and chopped
  • 4 ounces pork liver sliced
  • 12 ounces beef small intestine boiled and chopped
  • 5 chili pepper
  • 5 kamias bilimbi
  • 1 onion minced
  • 3 thumbs ginger minced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Fish sauce and ground black pepper to taste


  • Prepare the bitter melons by removing the seeds. Chop the veggies into small pieces. Note: you can also use a food processor for best results.
  • Boil water in a cooking pot. Add chopped bitter melons. Boil for 3 minutes. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a clean wok or pan. Sauté garlic, onion, and ginger.
  • Once the onion softens, add the beef tripe, beef heart, and small intestine. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add liver. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Pour vinegar into the wok. Let the mixture boil.
  • Pour the water used to boil the bitter melons while straining. Cover and let the liquid boil. Set the heat to low. Continue boiling until all the ingredients gets tender.
  • Add kamias and chili peppers. Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Season with fish sauce and ground black pepper. Serve hot. Share and enjoy!



Calories: 781kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 73g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4595IU | Vitamin C: 88mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 8mg