Nilagang Saging na Saba at Bagoong

Nilagang Saging na Saba at Bagoong
Nilagang Saging na Saba at Bagoong. Boiled unripe plantain banana dip in bagoong na isda. “Sa Bisaya pa, nilung-ag nga hilaw na saging ug ginamos, kalami”. Most Bisaya love boiled unripe saba bananas dipped in guinamos.  The Warays even served boiled unripe saba banana as accompaniment to Lechon.

Nilagang  saging na saba at Bagoong is served as “meryenda”,  snack food while on outing at the beach and favourite “pulutan”  by a lot of Bisaya drinker

It is usual food after a typhoon, for two reasons; firstly food after a typhoon in the countryside is scare, and second most likely a lot of fruit bearing banana plants may have been knockdown.

Nilagang Saging na Saba at Bagoong - Unripe Plantain Bananas

Plantain bananas are abundant in the Philippines and they are always available in our city wet markets and in the country side

Of course cooking is straight forward and dead easy. Just trim each of the bananas, and boil them. I would suggest that the after boiling drain the boiling liquid from boiling pan, then return the boiling pan lid and let the boiled bananas rest for 10 to 15 minutes.


6-12 unripe plantain banana, trimmed, skin on

For the dip:

1/2 cup bagoong na isda or ginamus
some crushed hot chilies
juice from 2-3 pieces calamansi
vinegar, optional

Cooking procedure:

Boiling the plantain  banana. In a medium sized boiling pan arrange the plantain banana. Pour in water just enough to cover the banana. Bing to a boil and simmer for 25 to 35 minutes. Drain the liquid from boiling. Now return the lid of the boiling pan and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Mixing the dipping sauce. Mix all the dipping ingredients together. Keep aside

To serve. Remove the fill of each banana, dip the boiled banana at each bite


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