Food Trip Friday: Ginataang Santol

Another one of my father’s specialties – Ginataang Santol. What’s in it? Santol pulp, ground pork, coconut milk, and lots of chili. Okay, just the mere mention of santol makes me drool.

This is a typical Bicolano recipe and one of my favorites. When its season for santol we usually have this a few times a week. And I was quite lucky last June-July-August we have a lot of santol fruit around.

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And how to make it? I only have a vague idea, lol! I was too busy waiting for it to be cooked to pay much attention. Would you believe it was still being cooked and I already had a plateful of rice with me? Anyway, dad usually saute garlic, tomatoes first, then he adds the pork, then the santol. Then the coconut cream is added, salt to taste then the chili.. And oh, he said when shredding the santol pulp, you have to make sure you don’t make it a few hours before cooking it and to soak it in water, otherwise it’ll turn really dark..

I wonder when I could have this again? **sigh** On a side note, this made me think what is ‘Santol’ in English? According to Wikipedia, santol is also referred to as ‘wild mangosteen’. Interesting!

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  1. FoodTripFriday

    August 27, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I was checking the thumbnail when I read the title,Ginataang Santol,I was like, WHAT???I mena, I know Santol and I like it, but ginataang santol is totally new to me.
    Galing ng dad mo!

    1. Lui

      August 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

      @FTF, sis its really good! as in a plate of rice is not enough lol!

  2. Sreisaat Adventures

    August 27, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I love ginataang santol! My auntie in Naga City used to make this with extra sili and coconut cream. I could finish more than 2 platefuls of rice, I swear.

    Gawa kaya tayo niyan dito, Lui, waddayathink? Sayang, wala nang santol, but we can use langka naman hihihih

    1. Lui

      August 27, 2010 at 11:35 am

      @Sreisaat, hayy naku I really want lots and lots of rice with that. ang sarap talaga pag super anghang. nagaagaw yung spiciness with the sour taste of santol..

  3. chubskulit

    August 27, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I so miss that sis, I used to buy that in a karenderia when I was in college and man, it’s so good!
    Spice Up Your Life

    1. Lui

      August 27, 2010 at 11:32 am

      @chubskulit, i am a huge fan of karinderia fare and this one is a winner. hayy, with lots and lots of rice =)

  4. luna miranda

    August 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    omg, this must be really good!  i imagine the tartness of santol and the creamy gata–parang perfect sila!:p

  5. Rossel

    August 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    It is only now that I learned na pwedeng  gataan ang santol. i haven’t tried that. thanks for sharing your dad’s recipe.

  6. Certified Foodies

    August 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Wow. Never heard of Ginataang Santol before. I also love Santol and I only know to use it for Santol juice. LOL.
    I hope you can share the recipe. Would love to try this! 🙂

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  7. nedekcir

    August 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    this one reminds me of ginataang buko…my classmate in high school made some for our christmas celebration. It was delicious, and I bet this one is the same. I will try this sometimes…
    Have a great weekend!

  8. Cecile

    August 27, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    i never heard of ginataang santol….ma try nga yan pag uwi ko sa Pinas next year…

  9. Mayette

    March 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Yes, indeed, ginataang santol! My sister in the US would like to go back here in the Phils. this May because of this ginataang santol. I don’t know if we will have santol by that month. Takam na takam na sya to eat this. Ginataang santol just like any ginataang gulay should be coco creamy so that coconut oil comes out after a while of cooking. Of course, sili will always be with it.

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