Nutritious Filipino Recipe: Kilawing Puso ng Saging (Banana Blossom) With Sotanghon

“Puso ng saging” or banana blossom or banana heart is used in creating salads for other countries. But for Filipinos, it’s can be the main dish. This is a very healthy dish due to the fact that it contains high amounts of fibers that our body needs.

Kilawing Puso ng Saging (Banana Blossom) With Sotanghon
Kilawin Puso Ng Saging With Sotanghon Image Source: CafeNilson.Com

Cleaning The Puso ng Saging

Puso Ng Saging

One thing that most people hate about cooking banana blossom recipes is the fact that cleaning it can be quite difficult and can be a big hassle, especially for those who do not have the luxury of time to do so. However, cleaning your banana blossom is a must in order to get rid of any dirt. I assure you that this delicious dish will be worth all of these.

In cleaning the banana blossoms, here are the steps that you should take:

1.) If you are using the fresh banana blossoms, then  removing the tough covering is necessary.

2.) Once the covering has been removed, slice the banana blossoms thinly in a crosswise manner.

3.) Place the sliced blossoms in a bowl and squeeze off bitter juice then add 2 tablespoon of salt on it.

4.) Rinse with water and squeeze it dry.

5.) Set it aside.

Now that your banana blossoms have been thoroughly cleaned, it is time that you start the cooking preparation.

Kinilaw na Puso ng Saging Ingredients:

* 1 piece of medium sized banana heart
*  4 cups of water
*  1/3 cup of salt
*  1 piece of medium onion (chopped)
*  1 piece of medium tomato (sliced)
*  3 pieces of garlic cloves
*  4-5 piece of slilin labuyo (thai bird chilis)
*  ¼ cup of vinegar
*  1 cup of sotanghon (glass noodles)
*  1/3 cup of pork (or ½ cup of shrimp)
*  add salt and pepper to taste
*  cooking oil

How To Cook Kinilaw na Puso ng Saging:

1.) In a bowl, pour in water then add salt. Add your sliced or shredded banana blossom. Squeeze the banana blossoms in order to remove any remaining sap. Soak for 20 minutes . Squeeze it once more. Drain then set it aside.

2.) In the saute pan, pour a bit of cooking oil and heat it up. Add in the tomatoes, garlic and onion then sauté. Add the shrimp or pork (whichever you chose). Sauté over high heat. Continue doing so until the ingredients are cooked.

3.) Pour in the banana blossoms and siling labuyo. Stir it well.

4.) Pour in the vinegar and water. Allow it to boil. DO NOT stir.

5.) Allow it to boil until the banana blossoms become soft. If the water is not enough, you can add more. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.

6.) Once there is no liquid anymore in the pan, add in the sotanghon. Stir it well. Then remove pan from heat.

Best served with steamed rice. Enjoy!

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