Visayan Savory Dishes: A Kansi Recipe You Can Get Behind 

Visayan Savory Dishes: A Kansi Recipe You Can Get Behind 

A Kansi recipe is a popular Western Visayas delicacy that is famous for being a cross between Bulalo and Sinigang. If you’re a big fan of iconic West Visayas soup (like the nationally famous LaPaz batchoy), then we can bet you’d love this Kansi recipe — from Bacolod, but also widely revered in Iloilo.

In essence, a Kansi recipe has beef bone marrow and vegetables.

And like a lot of dishes around the Philippines, some soup dishes may sound complicated at first, but it’s actually quite simple if you have the right ingredients and will follow all the instructions.

Because Kansi is bulalo and sinigang combined, you’ve got yourself some savory sour broth. Perfect for chilly and rainy days.

What makes a Kansi recipe different?

This dish traditionally uses batuan, a native fruit in the Western Visayas region. It’s this fruit that adds the rich sour flavor present in the dish. It gives it a more delicious and tasty flavor profile. If you don’t have batuan, you can also use tamarind (sampalok) to add that right amount of flavor.

It’s also a two-in-one dish. What’s not to like?

How to Make Savory Kansi

When you want to follow a Kansi recipe, here’s what you need and how to do it.

Kansi Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsps oil
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 medium quartered tomatoes
  • 1 kilo beef (ideally, shank with bone marrow)
  • 2 pcs of lemon grass (tanglad)
  • 3-4 pieces batuan or kamias
  • 1 tbsp achuete extract (annatto extract)
  • 1/2 kg green jackfruit
  • table salt
  • 1-2 pcs siling labuyo

What You Need to Do:

  • Saute garlic in oil then add the tomatoes in a pressure cooker.
  • Afterward, add the beef shank.
  • Add water to cover the meat, close the pressure cooker lid, and cook for around 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, check the beef shank and see if it’s tender. Make sure to take out the scum floating on the top.
  • First add the lemon grass and batuan (or kamias). Afterward, add the atsuete extract.
  • Close the pressure cooker and keep cooking until you see the beef is tender. Like, fall-off-the-bone tender for 30-40 minutes.
  • Add the jackfruit and keep cooking until tender.
  • Serve the Kansi warm and enjoy.

An Easy Kansi Recipe You Can Replicate?

Ready to try the richness of this savory dish? Make Kansi for the whole family, and enjoy.

If you’re on the lookout for more Ilonggo recipes, make sure to keep browsing Iloilo Blog for articles about food and a whole lot more.

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