Ginataang Langka with Sardines is something you can put together in a couple of minutes. Green jackfruit cooked in coconut milk with sardines. Simple yet delivers a flavorful taste!
My first encounter with this dish was when we still lived in the U.K. My sister-in-law cooked this up and I instantly loved it. It’s easy to make with just a few ingredients needed. Something you can put together when you need something tasty on the table fast.
Other similar recipes make use of daing (dried fish) which most of the flavor comes from. By using canned sardines, the sauce adds more flavor to the dish. Together with the coconut milk and jack fruit, it is just so flavorful that you’ll be coming back for more!
Where can I get hold of Jack Fruit?
Young, unripe jack fruit is what the recipe calls for. Asian stores are the best source if you’re looking for fresh unripe jack fruit. With its thick, spiny husk, expect to put in a bit of work prepping it. A workaround is to buy canned versions, which have the same result when using fresh ones.
How to make Ginataang Langka with Sardines with Video
Prepare the ingredients like peeled and sliced langka, coconut milk, canned sardines in tomato sauce, garlic, onion, ginger, sugar, salt, fish sauce, and pepper. You first saute garlic, onion, and ginger. When onion turns translucent, throw in the jack fruit and cook for a few minutes.
Add the sardines together with the sauce and mix-in with the other ingredients. Let simmer for 3 minutes. Pour the coconut milk and add salt, sugar, fish sauce, and pepper to season. Stir gently and simmer until jack fruit is tender. Before serving taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
Tips for Ginataang Langka with Sardines.
- To make it vegetarian, you can remove the sardines from the ingredients.
- You can also add red chili to give it some kick and make it more appetizing.
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Ginataang Langka with Sardines
- 480 grams canned young jack fruit (water drained)
- 165 ml canned coconut milk
- 155 grams sardines in tomato sauce
- 1 small onion (cut in wedges)
- 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 1 thum-sized ginger (sliced into strips)
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp fish sauce
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 2 pcs red chili (optional)
- Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat.
- Saute onion, garlic, and ginger.
- Add jackfruit and saute for 2 minutes
- Tip in sardines along with its tomato sauce and stir gently. Let simmer for 4-5 minutes.
- Add coconut milk, sugar, salt, fish sauce, pepper, and stir. Let simmer for 4-5 minutes or until jack fruit is tender.
- When jack fruit is tender, taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Turn off heat and serve. Bon Appetit!