Explore the Philippines through food Guimaras Kansi

Hello there, JaimeInez here! I’m thrilled to welcome you back to Food and Meal, where we celebrate the joy of cooking and the love for food. Today, I’m excited to share with you my recent culinary adventure with a delightful Filipino dish – the Guimaras Kansi. This journey has been nothing short of amazing, and I can’t wait to dive into the details with you. So, let’s embark on this gastronomic exploration together!

Guimaras Kansi Recipe

Guimaras Kansi
The fresh ingredients that form the foundation of guimaras kansi
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Guimaras’ Kansi

Manggahan Festival of Guimaras (May 15-22). To commemorate the founding anniversary of the province, a mangoes festival is held. The best of the country’s national fruit is found here in the province, through its vast orchard land.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Philippines
Keyword: beef shank, unripe jackfruit
CookingStyle: Simmering
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Jaime Inez
Cost: $30
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1 pan


  • 2 lbs. beef shank
  • 3 cups unripe jackfruit sliced
  • 2 pcs lemongrass stalks tied into knots
  • 7 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 pc onion sliced
  • 1 pc tomato cut into wedges
  • 6 pcs batwan you may use a tamarind soup base if batwan is not available
  • 3 pcs long green chili peppers
  • 4 tbsp annatto oil
  • 10 cups water
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce


  • Heat oil in a pan over medium fire and sauté garlic and beef shank until slightly brown.
  • Pour water and boil.
  • Toss in onions, tomatoes, and lemongrass.
  • Cover and simmer on low for 3 hours until meat is tender.
  • Add jackfruit slices and cook for 5 minutes until tender.
  • Stir in batwan, green chilies, and fish sauce. Allow to boil for 5 more minutes until the tastes are well incorporated.
  • Serve warm.



Kansi is a special Ilonggo dish that is widely served in most parts of Panay
Islands and the Negros region. It is a cross between Bulalo and Sinigang, two
of the favorite Filipino soup dishes. The locals mostly enjoy Kansi when the
cold weather sets in, but it is also a favorite fiesta food for its comforting
nature. Well, you can serve this hearty meal anytime you want to savor
something that’s truly delightful.
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Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 617mg | Potassium: 469mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 3mg
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About Guimaras Kansi

Guimaras Kansi
The process of slow-cooking beef shanks in a sour broth – a testament to the culinary traditions of guimaras

Guimaras Kansi is a renowned Filipino dish hailing from the island province of Guimaras. This dish is essentially a fusion of two beloved Filipino classics – Sinigang and Bulalo. It features beef shanks and marrow, slow-cooked to perfection in a sour broth infused with batwan fruit, a local ingredient that gives Kansi its distinct tangy flavor. The result is a hearty, comforting soup that truly embodies the rich culinary traditions of Guimaras.

Cooking Tips for Guimaras Kansi

  • Quality of Ingredients: The quality of your beef shanks can significantly impact the taste of your Kansi. Always opt for fresh, high-quality cuts.
  • Patience is Key: Slow-cooking is essential to achieving the tender beef and flavorful broth characteristic of Kansi. Don’t rush the process!
  • Souring Agent: Batwan fruit is the traditional souring agent used in Kansi. If unavailable, tamarind or other sour fruits can be used as substitutes.

Serving Suggestions for Guimaras Kansi

Guimaras Kansi
A closer look at the tender beef shanks and tangy broth that define this dish
  • Veggie Boost: Enhance the nutritional value and color of your dish by adding a variety of vegetables like jackfruit and lemongrass.
  • Rice Companion: Serve your Kansi with a side of steamed rice for a complete, satisfying meal.
  • Sauce on the Side: A dipping sauce of calamansi (Filipino lime) and fish sauce adds a tangy contrast to the rich soup.

FAQs About Guimaras Kansi

  • What Makes Guimaras Kansi Special? Guimaras Kansi is special due to its unique fusion of Sinigang and Bulalo, and the use of batwan fruit which gives it a distinct tangy flavor.
  • Can I Use Other Types of Meat? While you can experiment with other types of meat, using beef shanks is recommended to maintain the dish’s authenticity.
  • What Vegetables Go Well with This Dish? A variety of vegetables such as jackfruit and lemongrass go well with this dish.
  • How Can I Store Leftovers? Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Can I Make It Vegan? While traditional Kansi is not vegan, you could experiment with plant-based proteins and vegetable broth to create a vegan version.
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In conclusion, Guimaras Kansi is more than just a dish; it’s a culinary experience that tells a story of Filipino culture and tradition. The process of making it requires patience and care, but the result is a comforting, flavorful dish that brings people together. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner, I hope these tips and suggestions inspire you to try making your own Guimaras Kansi at home. Happy cooking!

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