Sigarilyas (Winged Beans) with Coconut Milk Philippine Recipe
Sigarilyas, or winged beans, is a popular vegetable in the Philippines. It’s part of a folk song titled Bahay Kubo which is sung by kids all over the country. In spite of its popularity, Filipinos generally do not know what sigarilyas looks like. Still, Filipinos eat it heartily not knowing that it’s sigarilyas they’re munching.
Sigarilyas is a delicious and flavorful vegetable that’s good for a lot of Filipino dishes. It’s used in sinigang, pinakbet, and many dishes from the Ilocos region in the Philippines. In this recipe, we will be using coconut milk which serves to enhance and complement the flavor of the sigarilyas.
1/2 kg of sigarilyas (winged beans) sliced thinly
1/4 kg of pork meat (sliced)
4 garlic cloves (skinned and minced)
1 onion bulb (chopped thinly)
2 cups of coconut milk (grocery store variety will do)
ground black pepper
Sauté the garlic and onion in hot vegetable oil. When the onion slices become translucent, add the sliced pork meat then follow with some salt (you can use a prepared sauté mix). Cook the meat until it’s tender. Add the sigarilyas winged beans. When the sigarilyas is already half-cooked, add the coconut milk and let it boil. As the dish cooks, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve your sigarilyas with coconut milk while hot over steamed rice. It may not be very colorful, but it’s good!