GINATAANG LANGKA (Young Jackfruit Cooked in Coconut Milk)

Hello everyone! It is Saturday and I am so relieved to be at home instead of slaving away in front of the computer at the office. I was so looking forward to this long weekend (Monday is Independence Day here in the Phil!). Yesterday, as I ever so melodramatically declared to my friend and equally “slave driven” co-worker Rovi, I swore I would try to fatten up like it’s some kind of a life mission. So I will make an extra effort to pig out more and think less of work this weekend. (BTW, you can check out her blog at Rovi Diaries).

Anyway, I’m no cook so it’s Yoy who really cooked this one Bicolano dish that we usually have every other weekends. It is called Ginataang Langka which means young jackfruit strips cooked in coconut milk (gata). If there is one thing the Bicolanos love as much as sili (chili peppers), it would have to be dishes cooked in gata (coconut milk).

The ingredients are the following: 3 cloves garlic, half of a medium sized ginger, 1 small onion, 1 small tomato, 2 cups coconut milk, half kilo young jackfruit strips (available in the Philippine/Asian markets), half kilo freshwater shrimps (you can also use half kilo small sized crabs instead), 1/2 teaspoon sugar, salt and ground black pepper to taste. DSC07496DSC07497DSC07501DSC07498DSC07505

Basically, the first thing is to chop your onions, garlic, tomato and ginger. Then bring the coconut milk to a boil, stirring occasionally. Yoy likes to use our medium sized wok for this, although you may also use a pot. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, salt and the young jackfruit strips. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes or until the jackfruit strips are cooked (should be soft). DSC07508

Then add the shrimps and cook for another 5 minutes or until shrimps have turned bright orange. Add more salt, a little sugar, ground black pepper to taste. Garnish with green and red peppers and simmer for 2 more minutes. And you’re done!DSC07511

Enjoy it with a steaming bowl of rice and fried fish with soy sauce and calamansi (local lime) as dipping sauce for those truly satisfying Bicolano flavors. For me, it tastes of home. Nothing says Welcome to Bicol better than an incredibly spicy chili-based dish like the Bicol Express or the creamy, coco-nutty flavors of the local dishes such as Laing and Ginataang Langka.

 

Published by Frances Roxas

My name is Frances Roxas, a certified Bicolana - born and bred. I have a degree in Journalism but I did not pursue a career in writing since life offered me instead jobs in government service. I settled with what felt comfortable and secure instead of reaching for a higher goal that might have taken me on a completely different path. Eventually, I plan to write more and find more avenues to showcase my love for writing and for self expression. Every life is a journey and I believe that there is always an opportunity and the time to do what we love and what makes us happy.

28 thoughts on “GINATAANG LANGKA (Young Jackfruit Cooked in Coconut Milk)

    1. Thank you! I know right, lots of coconut milk, especially from the first press (kakang gata) and let it cook very well until the natural oils come out. And yes, I live in Bicol =)

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  1. Super like ko ang ma-gatang pagkain. My husband is a Bicolano but he has not been home for a while now. His father is from Ligao. I had been in Sorsogon for a Christmas break in 2005. Thanks for the follow. Followd you back 🙂

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    1. Thanks much for following back! And for reading my blog. It’s good to know na gusto mo din pala ang mga lutong may gata. Hope you get to visit Bicol again soon =)

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  2. Great post! Ginataang Langka is one of the Bicol dishes that I miss. I generally have no confidence cooking anything with coconut oil, but perhaps I’ll give this a try. Thank you for this recipe. 🙂

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  3. Nagutom ako 🙂
    Sadly my stomach can’t handle coconut milk. But for this delight, I am willing wherever life will take me after indulging 🙂

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  4. Indeed. By the way i love spicy foods as well. Bawi nalang dun.

    Thanks for the eyecandies in each blogpost, really enjoyed those.

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