Ginataang Puso ng Saging at Saang, Banana Blossom and Conch in Coconut Milk

Banana Blossom and Conch in Coconut Milk
Ginataang Puso ng Saging at Saang, Banana Blossom and Conch in Coconut Milk. This recipe have been seating in my hard disk for some time now. I was trying to search for the Tagalog name of conch a type of sea shell or snail. I first had this type of seafood during my years of working in Singapore and in Batam, Indonesia. It is called gong gong, they are simply steamed or boiled and was serve as pulutan at hawker centers or food courts.

Ginataang Puso ng Saging at Saang

In Cebu and some parts of Mindanao it is called saang or kinason. I ask our readers who have had this food to give us feedback. The conch I used was bought at San Pedro Public Market in laguna. I was lucky that day, conch is not as regular as kuholhalaan and tahong. I though instead of just steaming or boiling it would be best to cook it ginataang style and with banana blossom. Here is the recipe of Ginataang Puso ng Saging at Saang, Banana Blossom and Conch in Coconut Milk.


Conch Shell, Sea Snail

Saang, Kinason

1 kilo small size conch
1/2 kilo thinly sliced puso ng saging, banana blossom
2 cup pure coconut milk
1 thumb size ginger, cut into strips
1/2 head garlic, chopped
1 medium size onion, chopped
3 tbsp. vinegar
1/4 cup fish sauce
3-4 pieces green chili
2-3 siling labuyo, chopped
1/2 tsp. crushed peppercorns
cooking oil

Cooking procedure:

Place conch in a container with lid, cover with water and let sit for several hours to allow the conch to expel dirt and discard water, change water frequently wash and drain. Cut off tip of each shell about 2 to 3 turns using a big knife, discard broken shells and remove all visible entrails. Wash several times and drain, set aside. In a sauce pan sauté garlic, ginger and onion until fragrant. Add in 1 1/2 cup of the coconut milk and 1/2 cup of water bring to a boil and simmer, stirring constantly to avoid curdling for 8 to 10 minutes. Add in the sliced banana blossoms, siling labuyo, crushed peppercorns, fish sauce, vinegar and continue to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated at low to medium heat stirring occasionally. Add in the conch, green chili and remaining coconut milk. Cook for another 3 to 5 minutes, correct saltiness if required. Serve with a lot of rice.

See other Ginataang Shell Seafood recipes:

Green Mussels and Vegetables in Coconut Milk
Ginataang Tahong, Mussels in Coconut Milk
Ginataang Halaan with Malungay at Bulaklak ng Kalabasa
Ginataang Halaan with Kangkong
Ginataang Halaan

Ginataang Kuhol
Ginataang Kuhol with Kangkong
Ginataang Tabagwang at Puso ng Saging
Ginataang Susong Pilipit with Banana Blossom

See other Ginataang Squid and Octopus recipes

Ginataang Pugita, Baby Octopus in Coconut Milk
Ginataang Pusit, Squid in Coconut Milk
Ginataang Pusit at Baboy
Ginataang Pagi, Stingray in Coconut Milk


  1. Hi! This cooking blog is fantastic! I'm from Dumaguete and have had these conch shells which we cook in kind of seafood tinola. The taste is so clean and mild, my husband and i are depressed that we can't find this snail anywhere in Manila, where we are based. In Dumaguete, we call it Bungkawil but most Manilenyos have never seen this in any of the markets, let alone know the Tagalog name for it.


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