Ginataang Sitaw - Asian Long Beans with Coconut Milk

This is a Filipino Asian Long Beans recipe called Ginataang Sitaw. If you're a Pinoy, you know what we're talking about. 

Ginataang Sitaw basically means Asian long beans cooked with coconut milk. It's one of the favorable ways of cooking these type of beans besides making it Adobo style.

Ginataang SitawGinataang Sitaw is a Filipino dish. It's Asian long beans with coconut milk. This recipe is one of the many favorites in Filipino dishes.

In the Philippines where coconuts grow happily with no issues about the cold or any extreme weather conditions except typhoons, we cook almost everything we eat with coconut milk.

Most Filipino dishes are cooked with coconut milk from breakfast, lunch, dinner and most specially desserts. It's just a natural thing to do.

Asian long beans is just one of the many Filipino vegetables cooked with this nut milk and we call this Filipino dish Ginataang Sitaw. The word 'ginataan' means cooked with milk to which 'gata' stands for milk, and sitaw is the Filipino name for long beans.

If you are a Pinoy, and you are from the Bicol region of the Philippines, you know exactly what I'm trying to convey here. Just don't argue with me. I'm a Bicolana and I love coconut milk based food. It's in my DNA.

So let's just go ahead and make it.

  • Asian Long Beans from my organic backyard garden
  • 1 cup of fresh coconut milk freshly extracted from one coconut. You can use the one from the can but make sure it's organic. (Instruction to make your own coconut milk is found HERE.)
  • 1 whole bulb of Garlic - or a few cloves or any amount to your liking
  • Himalayan sea salt to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 Lemon grass (pounded slightly (and knotted) to release the aroma and flavor)

Note: You can use the canned or frozen type but please make sure it don't contain Sodium Benzoate, a cancer causing chemical.

Cut or break the beans in about two inches in length and set aside. Crush or chop the garlic and onion and set aside as well. Take the lemon grass and and pound it slightly so that the flavor an aroma releases into the sauce.

In a wok or deep fry pan or saute pan, put the coconut milk in. Throw in the garlic, onion and the lemon grass. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a rolling boil and add the Asian long beans pieces. Cook and stir until the beans are cooked.

So yeah, use a wok!

In Filipino Cooking, a wok is a must. It is also called 'kawali' in Filipino. It's a versatile cooking tool. Stir fries come out better when there's wiggle room for your veggies.

Taste just like home in the Philippine Islands. I took the lemon grass soaked in the milk sauce and squeezed it over the rice to get all the flavors from it. The garlicky taste and the lemon grass together brings back memories.

This Filipino vegetarian dish is really yummy and it's usually served and eaten along with steamed rice.

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