I thought I am finished posting Filipino sour soup dishes until I remember this recipe which was served by one of my Favourite restaurants back in the Philippines called Ilongo Grill. they are famous for Ilonggo recipes which is a cuisine of Iloilo. Kansi is like a cross between Sinigang and Bulalo where Beef shanks are flavoured with a sour fruit called batawan and lemon grass, vegetables used are different as well as it uses jackfruit instead of the normal sinigang veggies.

So for sinigang lovers out there or any sour soup fanatics try this dish out, it will definitely satisfy your taste buds, the tangy and fresh flavours of this soup will keep you coming back for more.


3 pcs beef shank cuts (around 1.2 to 1.5kg)
2 cups sliced young jackfruit
3 large tomatoes, chopped
2 stalks lemongrass
2 onions, quartered
1 thumb sized ginger, sliced
4-6 pcs green finger chillies
1 tbsp annatto powder
7 pcs batwan fruit or 1 large packet sinigang mix
freshly ground black pepper


1. In a pot add beef shanks, ginger, tomatoes and onion; pour enough water to cover everything. Bring it to a boil then simmer for 90 minutes or until meat is tender, remove any scum that rises.
2. Add the souring agent (sinigang or batawan), sliced jackfruit, chillies, lemongrass and annatto powder simmer for 20 minutes or unitl jackfruit is tender.
3. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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16 thoughts on “Kansi

  1. Jackfruits inside? Wow that’s very interesting!! I think I only know maybe less than half % …no maybe only like 20% of Filipino dishes (or do you think 5%?). Every time when you share Filipino dishes I am surprised I’ve never heard of it. So many dishes to look forward to and enjoy!

  2. its interesting that so many filipino / asian products are within your reach in new zealand.. my sister has to travel far in belgium just to get to an asian store and still supply is not that complete.

  3. sinigang mix? yet another item for my culinary enlightenment list LOL.
    Note for “Love 2 type” … here in The Hague there is a massive Asian supermarket, I thought there must surely be something similar in Belgium so Googled ‘Asian supermarket Antwerp” and got this for starters… hopefully it might help your sister? http://www.videsh.com/india_travel/indian-supermarkets/belguim/antwerp.html
    Who knows, maybe she can find one somewhere that has a website and does mail order???

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