Ginataang langka is a creamy coconut stew with unripe jackfruit. It uses unripe jackfruit which will become soft when cooked. This vegetable dish is pure white which can be made spicy by adding both red and green chilies. Best served with hot steaming rice and can also be used as a palaman for bread and pandesal. Many people are curious on how to make ginataang langka since it is one of the best hits in karinderyas. Jackfruit is not really too common at the market which is why dishes made with it are considered special.
Langka or jackfruit is a less prepared and eaten fruit as it comes as a very large fruit with spiky skin. Just like any other fruit, the ripe jackfruit is yellow and sweet and is eaten as it is. When unripe, jackfruit is used more like other vegetables. It has a firm texture when raw and a shred-y texture when cooked. This makes it a good ingredient for a lot of dishes. One of the most popular dishes which uses unripe langka is the ginataan.
The word “ginataan” came from the Tagalog root word “gata” or coconut cream. Ginataang langka is a classic dish made by braising unripe jackfruit in coconut stew. It is a common dish in karinderyas and I bet you have tried this at least once. This dish appears to be creamy white with some bits of green brought by the chopped siling pang-sigang.
Ginataang langka is one of my favorite jackfruit dishes. Aside from it being the most famous way of cooking unripe jackfruit, what I really like about this dish is the simple light and creamy flavor. This is one of the dishes which literally gets everyone in our family at the table when served.
We rarely prepare this dish as we wait for the jackfruit in our backyard to get big enough. But when we make this dish, we make a really large batch of it since we make use of the whole fruit. Time to call our big “talyasi” as we make ginataang langka.
Since we needed to adjust our dishes to soft ones for our lola, we stopped waiting for the jackfruit outside to grow and just buy jackfruit from the market. Given that ginataang langka is so soft, my lola likes this very much since her teeth can still tolerate it (Haha J). Since then, ginataang langka had become a daily dish for us.
If you wanna know how this famous dish is made, continue reading the recipe below.
HOW TO MAKE GINATAANG LANGKA
Preparing ginataang langka is similar to preparing other ginataang dishes. If you have experienced making a ginataan dish, this will be a super easy job for you.
There are two main ingredients in this dish—the jackfruit and the coconut milk. Make sure to use fresh UNRIPE jackfruit. There are pre chopped unripe jackfruit which can be bought from the market but the best and freshest are the ones you personally chop at home. Since this dish involves using both thick and thin coconut milk, I recommend you to buy a whole niyog in the market and make a request to grate them and then do the squeezing at home. In this way, you can have the thick and thin coconut plus a bonus of coconut water which you can drink alongside your ginataang langka.
Start by preparing the pork belly. Seared pork belly will make the dish more savoury and adds intense meat flavor. But if you want a meatless dish, you can simply omit this ingredient. Make the sauce base by sautéing the aromatics and the fresh shrimp paste. Remember to wash and rinse the shrimp paste before adding to the pan. This is also to reduce the saltiness to an amount that is just perfect for the ginataan.
Now is the time to add the main ingredient—the jackfruit. Make sure to use unripe jackfruit. Use the thin coconut milk (the second piga) to cook and make the jackfruit soft. For the next steps, all you needed to do is to add the thick coconut cream (the first piga) and the pork belly. You may add chilies if you like.
Make sure to prepare a lot of hot steaming rice before you serve this dish. If you haven’t tried using it as “palaman” for bread, you’re missing out a lot and better try it now!
Ginataang LangkaCourse: Filipino Recipes, Vegetable Recipes
1 ½ kilo fresh jackfruit (unripe)
400 grams pork belly (chopped)
2 cups thick coconut milk (or coconut cream)
2 cups thin coconut milk (or water)
1/3 cup fresh shrimp paste
1 medium-sized onion (chopped)
5 cloves garlic (minced)
1 thumb-sized ginger (chopped)
2 medium-sized tomatoes (chopped)
pepper to taste
fish sauce to taste
2 – 3 pieces green chilies (whole)
- Season the pork belly with salt and then massage the meat. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Put the pork belly in a pan (no oil) and sear using high heat until light brown. Wait until the oil is rendered from the fat.
- Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. Reduce the oil from the pan.
- Sauté the onions, garlic and ginger for a few minutes. Add the tomatoes and continue sautéing. Gently press to crush them. Lastly, add the fresh shrimp paste and sauté for a few minutes.
- Add the chopped langka and sauté a bit. Pour the thin coconut milk or water. Cover the pan and let it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes using low medium heat or until the jackfruit is soft and tender.
- When the jackfruit is tender, turn the heat to low. Pour the thick coconut milk and add the seared pork belly. Season with pepper and stir a bit. Simmer for a few minutes until the sauce has been reduced and becomes thicker. Stir occasionally.
- Season with fish sauce. Add the whole green chilies. Stir a bit to infuse flavors.
- Transfer the ginataang langka to a serving dish and serve with hot steaming rice! Enjoy!
Paano Magluto ng Ginataang Langka
- 1 ½ kilo langka (hilaw)
- 400 grams pork belly (hiniwa)
- 2 tasa ng unang piga ng niyog
- 2 tasa ng pangalawang piga ng niyog (o tubig)
- 1/3 tasa ng alamang
- 1 sibuyas (hiniwa)
- 5 butil ng bawang (hiniwa ng maliliit)
- 1 thumb-size luya (hiniwa)
- 2 kamatis (hiniwa)
- 2 – 3 piraso ng siling pansigang (buo)
- Ilagay ang pork belly sa isang bowl at budburan ng asin. Masahin ang karne at iwan ng 5 minuto.
- I-sear ang pork belly gamit ang mataas na apoy hanggang maging light brown. Hintaying lumabas ang mantika.
- Alisin ang karne at bawasan ang mantika sa kawali.
- Igisa ang sibuyas, bawang at luya ng ilang minuto. Ilagay ang mga kamatis at medyo durugin habang ginigisa. Huling ilagay ang alamang saka igisa ng ilang minuto.
- Ilagay ang mga hiniwang langka at igisa ng konti. Ilagay ang pangalawang piga ng niyog. Takpan ang kawali at hayaan ito maluto ng 15 – 20 minuto gamit ang mababang katamtamang apoy o hanggang sa lumambot ang mga langka.
- Kapag malambot na, babaan ang apoy. Ilagay ang unang piga ng niyog at ang pork belly. Budburan ng paminta at haluin ng konti. Hayaan itong maluto hanggang maiga ang sabaw at lumapot. Haluin paminsan-minsan.
- Lagyan ng konting patis at ilagay ang mga sili. Haluin ng konti.
- Ilipat ang ginataang langka sa serving dish at ihain kasama ng mainit na kanin. Enjoy!