Laing or dried taro leaves cooked in coconut milk is a popular dish in the Philippines. I have been trying to cook this dish for a while now using different recipes, but nothing compares to the Spicy Laing Recipe that I recently learned from a Bicolano friend.This is one of the dishes wherein availability of […]
Ginataang Langka is young or unripe jackfruit cooked in coconut milk. This is a delicious dish that goes well with hot steamed rice.
We were able to feature the Ginataang Langka Recipe a few months back. The video was shot in the Philippines during my last visit. I did not have a hard time getting the ingredients because they were readily available in the nearby wet market.
Ginataang Puso ng Saging are banana blossoms cooked in coconut milk (or coconut cream).
“Ginataan” is a Filipino term which means to cook in coconut milk or coconut cream. “Puso ng Saging”, on the otherhand, literally means Banana heart. We all know that the banana tree has no heart. The banana heart are banana blossoms. These is a bud or flower that will become banana (fruits) later on.
Cooking Ginataang Puso ng Saging using fresh banana blossoms is quite tedious. I use fresh banana blossoms everytime I make this dish, but that was when I was in the Philippines. The procedure is quite tedious considering that the banana blossoms needs to be prepared before cooking.
The preparation involves chopping the blossoms and soaking them in salt for several minutes. This is done to release the sap inside the banana blossoms. Once this has been completed, the banana blossoms are washed with water and placed inside a cloth. The cloth is squeezed later on to fully release all the sap (similar to making atchara) from the banana blossoms – only then can you start cooking.
The Philippines is famous for dishes that use coconut milk. This method of cooking is locally referred to as “Ginataan or Guinataan”, which means to cook in coconut milk.
There are many famous regional dishes that make use coconut milk. Laing, Bicol express, Ginataang Tilapia, Ginataang Manok, Binignit, and Ginataang Mais are some of the popular ones.
Mixed Seafood in Coconut milk is a combination of different seafoods such as crabs, mussels, shrimp, and squid — all cooked in coconut milk or coconut cream. Although it might sound simple, this recipe really tastes good.
Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa is a vegetable dish composed of Calabaza squash and string beans.
The vegetables are cooked in coconut milk or coconut cream. Different kinds of seafood — sometimes meat is used to cook this dish to add more flavor.
There are many different variations of Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa, but this one is my favorite — because of the crabs. I like this dish better with alimasag (blue crabs); the flavor of the crabs blends well with the vegetables and coconut milk.
Ginataang Munggo is a simple Filipino dessert dish wherein toasted Mung beans and sticky rice are cooked in coconut milk.
This recipe is almost the same as that of Ginataang Mais, except that the later uses corn.
If you have been out of the Philippines for many years, having this dish can make you feel nostalgic. It makes you think of home and the good things of the past. Don’t eat too much or you’ll end up purchasing a plane ticket right away
Sinanglay is a dish wherein fish (such as tilapia) is cooked in coconut milk. This dish is somewhat similar to Ginataang Tilapia. However, certain ingredients and procedure differentiates this dish from the later.
The first few steps in preparing Sinanglay remind me of Inihaw na Tilpia or Inihaw na Bangus. I usually stuff the fish with onion and tomatoes before grilling; this is also one of the factors that differentiate Sinanglay from Ginataan.
I was told by a Bicolano friend that they usually use lemongrass to tie the fish. According to him, the fish needs to be tied in order to secure the stuffing while cooking. Another benefit of using lemongrass is that it brings-in a nice aroma to the dish. I can’t find any lemongrass this season so I opted for an alternative: Pechay (or Bok Choy). The fish needs to be wrapped in Pechay leaves for the same reason; but, I made sure that the cavity would remain closed while the fish is being cooked. I did it by tying kitchen twine around the fish.
Try this Sinanglay na Tilapia recipe and let me know what you think.
Ginataang Halo-halo is a Filipino dessert dish. This is composed of different tubers such as sweet potato, purple yam, and taro root. Aside from the tubers, other ingredients include plantains, tapioca pearls, and glutinous rice balls (bilo-bilo).
Dishes that are cooked in coconut milk are locally called “Ginataan”. This word was derived from the root word “gata”, which means coconut milk. On the other hand, the word “Halo-halo” refers to the combination of different components or ingredients that were used to complete the dish; this also refers to a popular Filipino summer dessert wherein several sweet ingredients are combined with crushed iced, evaporated milk, leche flan, and ube halaya.
Aside from being a dessert dish, Ginataang Halo-halo is also served during meryenda (mid afternoon snack).
I like the flavor and texture of this dessert dish: the sweetness is just about right while the soft and chewy texture of the components makes eating more enjoyable.
Ginataang Langka refers to unripe jackfruit cooked in coconut milk. Although jackfruits are considered fruits, unripe ones have the same attributes as vegetables; this was the reason why jackfruit in this recipe is treated as such. As for the flavor, much of it comes from the salted dried fish (locally known as daing); I also like using shrimp cube to add more taste to this dish.
I am not a big fan of jackfruit and anything cooked in coconut milk when I was a child. However, things changed when this dish was introduced to me during our vacation in Romblon (which is the hometown of my parents). Electricity is a luxury during those days and having dinner means eating by the candle light. I tried all the dishes served on the table because the dark did not give me the option to visually qualify the food in front of me. After trying this dish, I immediately loved it; it wasn’t until when my plate was all cleaned-up when I learned that the delicious dish that I enjoyed is called “utan nga langka”.
After doing some experimentation later on, I learned that using toasted anchovies (sinangag na dilis) also works well for this dish.
Try this Ginataang Langka recipe and let me know what you think.
Ginataang Mais is a Filipino dessert and snack made from whole kernel corn and coconut milk. This is a simple and quick Filipino dessert recipe that only takes less than 25 minutes to prepare. The appearance of this quick and easy dessert is similar to that of the Maja Blanca but there is a big difference in texture; the consistency is more like the Goto, Arroz Caldo, or perhaps the Champorado.
I like this dessert (particularly this dessert recipe) because of the simple ingredients involved. I also believe that good dishes need not to be complicated and time consuming and this is one of the proofs.