How to Cook Ginataang Santol

No matter what the occasion, we all have favorites that we can call comfort food. Creamy Filipino dishes, especially those with coconut milk, count as comfort food. It’s indulgent and rich— perfect for down days and unwinding at home.

One example is Ginataang Santol. Commonly known as Sinantolan, it’s a Filipino dish cooked in coconut cream together with ground meat and chili. It’s a combination of sour and spicy flavors in a creamy mix of rich flavors— one best served with steaming white rice. Mommy blogger Ilona Gail Gervasio Nimo (IG: @nanayangge831) shares her recipe for this comfort food favorite with us. Check it out!

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May nakikita na akong santol sa paligid ligid…sa kapitbahay to be exact. Sana hindi masungit manghihingi ako. ? Luto tayo ulit ng ginataang santol/sinantulan??? . There are two ways to prepare the santol….one is cut it in half, alisin ang buto, then using the traditional kudkuran ng niyog, kayurin mo na yung santol. Wag mo masyado sagarin sa balat ang pagkayod. Another way is peel the santol, remove the seeds and chop the santol finely. After mo magawa yan, pigaan mo yung santol. Squeeze out the juices. Ibuhos mo na lahaaaat ng sama ng loob mo dito. Mas pigang piga, the better. Set aside. Use the “native” santol, firmer ang flesh kesa the “bangkok” one. Sinantulan or Ginataang Santol: Ingredients: 1 kilo santol 1/4 ground pork or ground chicken 1 cup coconut cream (kakakang gata) 2 cups coconut milk (pangalawang piga) 3 cloves garlic minced 1 medium red onion minced 1 tbsp shrimp paste (bagoong) or more if you want Finger chilies or siling labuyo ( your preference on how spicy you want it to be) Salt and pepper to taste A pinch of sugar Cooking oil for sautéing How to cook: Saute garlic and onions until fragrant. Add minced pork or chicken. Add ng konting bagoong (if you don’t want, ok lang na wala). Gisa mabuti. Add the second piga ng niyog, then drop the santol. Mix/press para maghiwalay hiwalay yung santol. Halo lang, bring to a boil and simmer on low. Wait na medyo natutuyo na yung sabaw then add the kakang gata. Bring to brisk boil ulit then simmer on low again hanggang magmantika. Add chilies and season with salt and a bit of sugar. Simmer for another 5 mins and you are done. ? . . #ginataangsantol #lutongnanay #welovetoeatph #tarasasouth #foodph #asianfoodrecipes #foodinfluencerph #adobonation #itsfoodph #kainpilipinas #winyummy #itsmorefuninthephilippines #discoverMNL #filipinofood #pinoyfood #instafood #foodstagramph #foodgrammerph #letscookph #whattoeatph #ParangTotoo #filipinofoodmovement #nomnom #masarap #eeeeeats #eatwhuuut #whattocookph #spotmyfood #chibogph #ChewManila

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Ginataang Santol Recipe


  • 1 kilo of santol
  • 1/4 kilo of ground pork or ground chicken
  • 1 cup of coconut cream
  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium red onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp of shrimp paste or bagoong (feel free to add more if you want)
  • Finger chili or siling labuyo, chopped (quantity depends on how spicy you want it to be)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Cooking oil for sautéing


  1. Prepare your santol. Make sure to use the native santol, which has a firmer flesh, versus the Bangkok version. There are two ways to do it:
    1. Cut the santol in half, take out the seeds, and use a traditional coconut grinder (kudkuran ng niyog) to scrape the santol. Make sure not to scrape it too deep.
    2. Peel the santol, remove the seeds, and chop the santol finely. Place in a cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice.
  2. In an oiled pan over medium heat, saute your garlic and onions until fragrant. Add your ground pork or chicken along with your bagoong, and saute until well-combined.
  3. Pour in your coconut milk, then drop your santol. Mix or press with your spoon to separate the santol. Mix and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, then let the mixture simmer.
  4. When the soup starts to reduce, add your coconut cream. Bring to a brisk boil again and then let it simmer on low heat until oil forms.
  5. Add your chopped chili and season with salt and sugar. Simmer for another 5 minutes and serve. Enjoy!

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