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Cansi Recipe (Ilonggo Bulalo and Sinigang in one Delicious Soup Dish)

This is a recipe for Cansi. It is a beef shank soup with unripe jackfruit in sour broth.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4
Author: Vanjo Merano


  • 2 lbs. beef shank
  • 2 stalks lemongrass tied into knots with thick end crushed
  • 1 plum tomato wedged
  • 3 pieces long green chili siling pansigang
  • 3 pieces hot red chili pepper optional
  • 7 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 medium yellow onion wedged
  • 4 tablespoons annatto oil
  • 1 beef cube
  • 2 20g pack Sinigang sa sampaloc mix
  • 3 cups sliced unripe jackfruit
  • 8 to 10 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce patis


  • Heat Annatto oil in a soup pot or pressure cooker.
  • Put the garlic in once the oil gets hot. Cook until the garlic turns light brown.
  • Add the beef shank. Cook one side for 30 seconds to one minute. Turn it over to cook the other side for about the same time.
  • Pour water. Let boil.
  • Add the onion, tomato, and beef cube. Stir.
  • Add the lemongrass. Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 30 minutes. Note: if using a regular soup pot, cook the beef in low heat for 2 to 3 hours. Add more water if needed.
  • Safely remove the cover of the pressure cooker. Apply heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Stir-in the jackfruit and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the peppers. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pour the contents of the sinigang mix package. Stir. Add fish sauce. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve.
  • Share and enjoy!


Serving: 4g