Ginataang Kalabasa at Kale (Squash and Kale in Thick Coconut Gravy)

I love coconut milk! It’s just so versatile that it goes from sweet to savory yet still maintains its character. Kakanin (Filipino native delicacies) is never the same without it and dishes like our Filipino Chicken Curry and Ginataan can’t be complete without its star ingredient, the all-around coconut milk. Growing up in the Philippines, …

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Ginataang Hipon (Shrimps in Thick Coconut Sauce)

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Coconuts grow well in the Philippines. Having said that, dishes made with coconut milk are common and every province (some more than others) has their own take on a “Ginataan” (cooked in coconut milk) dish. It can be a savory main dish, a sweet dessert or a snack item that has coconut milk as its …

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Ginataang Halo-Halo

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This is one of the few reasons why we always have canned coconut milk at home. There’s something so satisfying about eating ginataan (cooked in coconut milk). I like mine thick and slightly warm. Chewing it slowly to savor every single bite is how I eat this sweet coconut soup. I carefully pick every single …

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Kale Laing (Kale cooked in Coconut Gravy)

Kale Laing

Kale is part of the cabbage family and is packed full of nutrients. High in vitamins, potassium, plant-based protein to name a few. This is one leafy green that is almost always available where we live. It can be eaten raw, sauteed, baked into chips. Because of its health benefits, it’s a staple in my …

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Healthy Ginataang Bilo-bilo

Ginataan is a classic Filipino merienda (snack). It has a base of thick coconut soup perfumed by pandan leaves and sweetened with sugar. Usually floating in it are bilo-bilo (glutinous rice flour balls), cubed saba (plantain), sweet potatoes, tapioca pearls and thin slices of ripe jackfruit. Sometimes, cubed ube (purple yam) and taro are added. …

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