I like ginataan dishes. It refers to any dish that is cooked in coconut milk or coconut cream. This Ginataang Langka with Tinapa flakes is no exception. I want to give a shout out to my mom who prepared this dish. This time, I am the food taster — which was my role back then […]
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 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.