Sigarilyas (Winged Beans) with Coconut Milk Philippine Recipe

published by alvinwriter on Dec 22, 2010

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!

A Taste of the Philippines

8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. # 1 by Christine Ramsay
    December 22nd, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    It sounds like a tasty recipe but I, personally, would leave the garlic out.


  2. # 2 by albert1jemi
    December 22nd, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    well written

  3. # 3 by LadyElena
    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    It looks so nice and it a healthy recipe. I ate about an hour ago but now that i’ve read this – I’m hungry again…
    Great Recipe

  4. # 4 by Bella White
    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    Nice share

  5. # 5 by papaleng
    December 23rd, 2010 at 6:54 am #

    pwede kayang gawing Bicol Express ito. Nice recipe.

  6. # 6 by Shirley Shuler
    December 24th, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    Sounds tasty, I’ll have to try this.

  7. # 7 by aleah
    December 25th, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    I will really have to cook someday Alvin. You write such easy to follow recipes.

  8. # 8 by janesteban
    January 7th, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    we actually have sigarilyas in our backyard… i’ll try this recipe, para maiba nman coz we only use sigarilyas in diningding and sinigang.. thanks!

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