Monday, May 18, 2009


Puso ng Saging in
literally means
heart of banana.
It is reddish in
color and heart
A puso ng saging
is consist
of several layers
of red coverings
called bracts and
banana florets
in between.

Often used in Kare-kare or cooked in coconut cream,
as lumpia or spring rolls or even Pate.

A favorite dish at home for Puso ng Saging we call Laksa. It is a
vegetable dish of puso ng saging, squash, shrimps and vermicelli.

Laksa - Ginisang kalabasa at Puso ng Saging
(sauteed Squash w/ Banana Heart/Bud)

1 big Puso ng Saging (Banana Heart/Bud)
1/4 k Kalabasa (squash)
100 gms vermicelli noodles
200 gms small shrimps (you can opt to remove the shells)
1 medium size tomatoes
1 medium size onions
3 cloves garlic crushed
2 TBSP soy sauce
2 C water
salt and pepper to taste

Remove red layers of the puso ng saging until a yellowish core
is revealed. Sliced the core thinly and soaked in salted water.

In a pan, saute garlic until light brown in color. Add onions
and cooked until onions changes color and limped. Add tomatoes,
soy sauce and pepper. Saute for a minute. Add shrimps and cook
until shrimps changes in color. Add water and bring to a boil.
Add squash.

Remove water from Puso ng Saging and add in pan when squash
is already half cook. Sprinkle some salt. Cover and cook until
vegetables are tender. Stir in vermicelli noodles before removing
from heat.

This Weekend Herb Blogging is hosted by Cinzia of Cindystar.
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Tangled Noodle said...

I've seen puso ng saging in the store but have never cooked with it (nor tasted it). It looks really interesting. When I saw the title of the post, I thought it was referring to the Malaysian noodle soup!

3T Heppenstall said...

I love all the filipino dishes. My mom is filipino (I'm half) so it's pretty cool. I LOVE lumpia!!

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Cindystar said...

That's really new and unknown for me!
Incredible, thanks!

JOYCE said...

iL try LAKSA this weekend...i use to cook banana heart as my main ingredient in making veggie patty, my children loves it, they are not into vegetables so much, so its one very good trick, they thought its made up of meat but its vegetables...wtg mothers!


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