Kilawing Puso ng Saging

Kilawing Puso ng Saging is easy to make, nutritious, and budget-friendly, too! It’s a delicious side dish that pairs well with steamed rice and fried fish or grilled meat.

Kilawing puso ng saging or also known as sisig na puso is a Filipino vegetable dish made of banana heart cooked in vinegar with pork, garlic, and spices.

Kilawin vs Kinilaw

The words kilawin and kinilaw are derived from the Visayan term, kilaw, which means “to eat raw” and a cognate of the word hilaw which means “uncooked or unripe”.

Although their names are often used interchangeably and both use vinegar, they’re not exactly the same. While kinilaw is prepared with raw fish or seafood, Kilawin is made with boiled or grilled meat.

Kilawin is a traditional cooking method that was used by our ancestors dating back from the pre-colonial period.

Natives living in the country’s coastal areas where coconut and palm trees grow abundantly use vinegar such as from palm (sukang sasa) or coconut (sukang tuba) to denature and add flavor to proteins. Other souring agents like citrus juices and sour fruits are also used.

How to prepare banana heart

  1. With a knife, cut the stem. Peel and discard the the outer layers until you reach the lighter, softer core of the banana blossom.
  2. Cut the blossom lengthwise in half and slice each half thinly.
  3. Soak the shredded banana blossom in salted cold water for about 15 to 20 minutes and with hands, squeeze to remove the bitter sap.
  4. Using a colander, rinse until cold running water and drain well.

  • Not a fan of pork? You can substitute shrimp, tinapa flakes, or fried daing.
  • Cook off the strong vinegar flavor by allowing it to boil uncovered and without stirring for a few minutes.
  • You can balance the sour notes with a little bit of sugar if needed.

How to serve and store

  • Kilawing Puso ng Saging is delicious as a side or main dish. It is best served with fried fish or chicken and steamed rice.
  • Transfer leftovers in container with lid and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in a saucepan over low heat or in the microwave at 1 to 2-minute intervals until completely warmed through.
  • You can also use leftovers to make lumpia!

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