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Sunday, July 18, 2010

July's Kulinary Cooking Club - Ginataan

This month's theme was ginataan, this was hosted by Anthea and Asha.  There are so many takes on ginataan, savory and sweet.  Ginataan is any dish made of coconut milk.  With my sweet tooth, I went with a sweet dish. 

Ginataan with Bilo Bilo and Sweet Potatoes
1 Sweet Potato Chopped in 1/2 Inch Chunks
2-3 Plantains Bananas in 1/2 Inch Slices
Bilo Bilo (Recipe Below)
2 Cans of Coconut Milk
1 Cup of Sugar
2 Cups of Water
Tapioca (I wish we had some, but we didn't :( )

  1. Create a simple syrup with sugar and water in a medium stock pot.
  2. Once the simple syrup is brought to a boil, add the coconut milk.
  3. When the mixture begins to boil, add the sweet potato. 
  4. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, cook the tapioca by directed
  5. Cook until it becomes tender and add the banana.
  6. Add the bilo bilo and the tapioca. 
  7. When the bilo bilo rises, it is cooked.
  8. Serve.
Bilo bilo
1 box of Mochiko
Water to texture

  1. Pour the mochiko into a large bowl
  2. Slowly add water until it becomes a thick paste
  3. Rolling into 1/2 inch balls

Kulinarya was started by a group of Filipino bloggers living in Sydney, who are passionate about the Filipino culture and its cuisines. Each month we will showcase a new dish along with their family recipes. By sharing these recipes, we hope you find the same passion and love for Filipino Food as we do.
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  1. Bilo bilo! I haven't had that in ages. I haven't even HEARD that in ages. But I remember it was my favorite part of ginataan. I always thought you just bought bilo bilo pre-packaged, like tapioca. This looks just like the ginataan I remember from back home. I'm getting a bit nostalgic here. :)

  2. I love Ginataan with Bilo Bilo. Seems simple enough to make. I'm going to try your recipe. Looks great! How much of the simple syrup did you make for this recipe?

  3. True comfort food, Joy! It's been years since I've had good sweet guinataan, so I'll be making this real soon!

  4. Looks delicious and very exotic. What is Mochiko???

  5. I have never had anything in coconut milk but the looks delicious. I think I would like that very much.

  6. Can I just tell you when my hubby found out we were going to make ginataan he was begging me to make a sweet dish but sadly I didn't have a reliable recipe. Luckily I've read your blog and now I can make it! Thanks - looks lovely.

  7. This looks and sound delicious! I have to save this for when it's a bit cool out as it would be a perfect cold weather dish :D

  8. This looks yummy! Never had such a sweet dish before. Sounds so exotic. A must try for me.

  9. I have never heard of this dish before, but by looking over the ingredients and looking at the picture....I want some right now!! It looks delicious and the blend of flavors sound incredible!!

  10. Your pics are sooo tempting! I have to make a batch this week...your fault:P LOL!

  11. reminds me of summer in the Philippines.... even though it's so hot, a bowl of ginataan is so heartwarming...yum!

  12. Yum yum, I love this sweet coconut milk dish. And now that the rainy season is here in Manila, I'm really craving for it :)

  13. I never heard of Ginattan, but it sure sounds delicious, I love desserts with coconut milk.

  14. How delicious! This is the kind of sweet dish that my children would go crazy over! Thank you for the dish and inspiration!!!!

  15. I have never had the pleasure of eating ginataan. Your version sounds like something I would love.

  16. Hi Joy :) I made ginatan too..I wish I have that golden sweet potato, so hard to find it here.. love your ginatan so creamy :)

  17. @maribel - the simple syrup equals about 1.5 cups.
    @Magda - mochiko is actually sweet rice flour. Mochiko is the brand name.

  18. This looks delicious. I love desserts like this with coconut. Quite like what we eat back home in Malaysia, called Bubur ChaCha

  19. I really thought i left a message on this dish. I probably didn't hit the post button! I love bilo-bilo...Cebuanos call this binignit.

  20. YUM! I love this dish. I havent' had this in ages but now I think I will have it soon.