Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa (string beans and squash in coconut milk) is a very simple, delicious, and nutritious vegetable recipe. The dish is a combination of string beans and squash simmered in coconut milk. To make the recipe even more nutritious, shrimp can be used instead of pork. Pork is optional, as well. You can discard the pork for a healthier version. Another variation of this dish is using crab. In this case, the dish is called Ginataang Alimasag. It basically has the same taste with the exception of the crab. Some locals don’t use shrimp paste in the dish, but I personally prefer it as a substitute for fish sauce as it makes it somewhat unique and more tasty.
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- 1 small squash peeled and cut cut in bit sizes
- 1 bundle bundle sitaw or string beans cut in 3 inches long soak in water
- 1/4 kilo kilo pork diced (optional)
- 3 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 can coconut milk
- shrimp paste or fish sauce to taste
- pepper to taste
- cooking oil
- Servings: 4
- Time: 40 minutes
- Level: Easy
- Cuisine: Filipino
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- Heat cooking oil in a wok. Fry pork meat until brown.
- In the same pan, saute onion and garlic until fragrant. Season with shrimp paste or fish sauce and pepper to taste. Stir together with the pork for a few minutes.
- Pour in coconut milk and bring to a boil. Place in the squash and string beans. Cover and simmer over low heat until vegetables are tender. Add water if necessary.
- Serve with steamed rice! Enjoy!