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Famous Kansi Soup of Iloilo



Kansi is an Iloilo recipe and also a favorite dish in Bacolod. It is a fusion of Bulalo (beef bone marrow and vegetables soup) and Sinigang (sour pork soup). Batuan fruit makes it sour and kansi will fuse it with a flavorful taste. The lemongrass stalk and its hot soup also gives relaxing aromatic satisfaction especially on a rainy day. Kansi is best during rainy days because of the hot soup and tender beef that gives warmth and comfort.


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1 kilo Beef Shank
2 stalks Lemon grass 
2 medium onions
1/2 cup Fresh ginger, sliced
2 pcs Siling Haba or pansigang (Long Green Chili Pepper)
1 tbsp Achuete powder
5 pcs. batwan fruit (a souring agent for soup that is locally famous and widely used in Visayas) or Sinigang mix (1 pack or to taste)
1/4 kilo green unripe Jackfruit ( sliced )
salt & pepper (to taste)


In a pan, saute garlic and onions until garlic is brownish. Turn off heat and set aside.

In a large pot, add beef and ginger into the pot and pour just enough water to cover most of the meat. Add sauteed garlic and onions. Leave it to boil for about one to two hours until the meat is soft. Do take note, it is important that your meat is tender enough to make it absolutely delicious.

Lower heat to simmer, add more water into the pot until meat is completely submerged

Mix in batwan fruit or sinigang mix, salt, and pepper. Put in sliced green jackfruit
Leave to simmer until jackfruit is cooked and beef is very soft.

Finally, just when it’s almost done, add your lemongrass (tie it into a knot) and achuete for color.

Simmer for about 10 minutes. Turn off heat.


Serve hot and enjoy!!!



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