Yesterday we had a very special guest in the house and Mommy and I prepared fried prawns, fresh and blanched oysters (which I just started to appreciate the taste) and Ginataang Yellow Fin. There was an excess gata or coconut milk and I found it in the fridge just an hour ago. It’s not a lot, I think just less than a cup. I suddenly had a craving for Ginataang Halo-Halo which I have tried to cook before but failed. Then I remembered we have saba bananas (plantains), sago or tapioca pearls from my recent tau fu fa/taho experiment, gabi or taro and Also have glutinous rice flour for the bilo-bilo which I learned to prepare from a previous try.
I decided to try cooking this again despite a little hesitation. A part of me is stopping me from cooking this extra dish as I really need to grab the best weight loss supplements now as I gained weight again huhuhu… Also the last time I tried cooking this it curdled and the taste was off, don’t know why maybe I put too much coconut milk?
Bananas and sago are my favorite ingredients and I’m ok with no sweet potato and ube so I proceeded to cook my guinataan with just these ingredients.
I pre-prepared the bilo-bilo while waiting for the water to boil, just mix a tablespoon of rice flour and water ’til you make a dough-like mix. Then make small balls of this mixture, a little smaller than a marble or holen.
Boil some water then add the gabi/taro.Then add a part of the gata/coconut milk.Follow with the sliced bananas. Once it boils, add the rest of the coconut milk. Keep on stirring. Add the bilo-bilo. Then the sago/tapioca pearls then sugar and a pinch of salt. Simmer for a minute or two and you have an easy ginataan like we did. Yum.
See the photo? It’s not a lot, just perfect for 2-3 persons. The photo is not as appetizing with the lack of colors but I can guarantee it’s very good. Almost no effort has been done for this recipe but gave great results and that thought gives a great feeling. I added a lot of sago/tapioca pearls as I love sago and I also used the bigger size sago as I want less effort in finding them hehehe… The bigger the better right? Also, this doesn’t have the umay you get from guinataan because of the salt. Adding a pinch of salt solves the umay/suya factor of the sweetness.
I love how I succeeded in this try. Nice change from the failed attempts at Suman sa Lihiya. But I will try again. 🙂