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Pinangat na Gabi

Pinangat na Gabi

Pinangat na Gabi or Pangat is a bicol delicacy. A dish which consists of taro leaves, meat of fish, chillies and coconut milk. The ingredients are wrapped together and stewed in coconut milk until the leaves becomes overcooked. The coconut milk is the ultimate culprit in making it super creamy and bursting into tasty and spicy gastronomic experience.

Pinangat na Gabi Recipe


1 pack fresh gabi/taro leaves – cut the stalks and slice in 2 inches length
1 lb. ground pork
2 cans gata (coconut milk)
1 tbsp. bagoong alamang (shrimp paste)
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup red onions, chopped
4 tbsps. ginger, sliced thin
4 pcs. hot chili peppers
tanglad stalks/leaves or coconut leaves for ties (could use strings too)
salt (only if necessary) and black pepper to taste


1. Sauté garlic and onions. Add-in bagoong alamang (shrimp paste) and continue to sauté.
2. Add ground pork and continue to sauté until brown.
3. Add salt (if necessary since bagoong alamang will already make it a little salty) and pepper to taste. Remove and set aside.
4. Wrap the ground pork inside gabi/taro leaves, quantity proportionate to the size of the leaf. Shape the wrap squarely (as shown on the photos) and tie it.
5. In a pot, place and arrange the wrapped pork. Pour-in the gata (coconut milk) and sprinkle the sliced ginger evenly. Add the sliced gabi stalks.
6. Cook in medium-low fire (simmer) until coconut milk thickens and oil starts to appear.
7. Serve hot with rice. Enjoy!