Exotic Filipino Food Recipes: Ginataang Suso o Kuhol ( Snail in Coconut Milk)

One thing you would like about the Filipinos is that, they are adventurous when it comes to cuisines. They love trying out new and exotic foods. One of these is the ginataang suso. At first look, you would not dare to eat this dish. However, take a taste test and you will be amazed on how delicious it is.

Just like the other dishes with gata or coconut milk, the rich flavor that this unique recipe has is something that you would crave for. Given the fact that this dish has gata or coconut milk, cooking this dish will take some time but I assure you it is well worth it.

Ginataang Kuhol Ingredients:

1 kilo of Suso (snail)
½ clove of garlic
1 kilo of shredded coconut for gata
1 piece of big onion, sliced thinly
2 tbsp of alamang or shrimp paste
2 tbsp Ginger strips
a bunch of Malunggay or Moringa leaves
1 piece of medium sized green papaya
pieces of hot chili
2 tbsp of patis or fish sauce

How To Cook Ginataang Kuhol:

1.) You have to first make the coconut milk or gata. This can be done by placing the kilo of shredded coconut in a bowl then pour about two cups of water into it. Squeeze the milk from the coconut shredding. It is also recommended that you make use of a clean cloth or a strainer in separating the liquid from your shredded coconut. After that, set your coconut milk aside.

2.) Pour your coconut milk in a casserole. Add in the other ingredients such as ginger, garlic, shrimp paste, onion, salt and fish sauce. Bring the resulting mixture into a boil. Continue boiling until the coconut milk thickens.

3.) As the mixture boils, add in the suso or snail into the mixture. Allow to boil again.

4.) The next step would be to add in your papaya slices together with the malunggay or moringa leaves into the mixture.

5.) If you wish to make it hot and spicy, you can add a few piece of chili. You can make it less spicy by reducing the number of chili pieces that you can add to your dish.

6.) Once it boils, reduce the heat and allow to simmer.

7.) Serve hot and with lots of rice.

8.) Enjoy your meal!

Cooking Tips:

1.) When cooking this dish, you should prevent the papaya from being overcooked.

2.) If you do not have the time to extract the milk from the coconut shreds, you have a better alternative. Make use of coconut powder or coconut milk in can instead. However, you must keep in mind that the fresh coconut milk is always the best option.

Eating tips:
If this is your first time to eat this kind of delicacy, then you might have no idea as to how you should eat it properly. One eating tip that you would need is to make use of either a toothpick or a fork to take out the content from the shell.


* This is a submitted recipe by one of our readers.
* Image credits – http://www.pinoyrecipe.net/ginataang-kuhol-recipe/

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