Ginataang Papaya


You don’t have money anymore and it’s still days before sweldo. What do you do with only a few pesos in your pocket? You scrimp. You scrimp on food. But scrimping doesn’t have to hurt. You just have to be creative. Depending on how you see it, bad times can be breeding ground for creative culinary adventures.

Take for example my brother’s Ginataang Papaya. But before I give you the recipe, let me tell you the quick story behind this recipe. My youngest brother, because he is still hunting for a job after graduating last March, is the default housekeeper. Among other household duties, he takes care of budgeting the money I give him for our food. Now last week, he used some of the money for a personal expense which he thought was just okay with me. He was wrong there. So I told him he had to make do with what’s left of the money I gave him. That’s how this recipe was born.

1 medium-sized green papaya
2 cans of spicy sardines
1 pack of instant coconut milk
Cooking oil

1. Cut the papaya into small slices the way you’d cut sayote.
2. Crush the sardines in its sauce.
3. Saute the garlic and onion in hot oil. Add the crushed sardines.
4. Add in the papaya and the coconut milk.
5. Leave until the papaya is cooked. Its consistency should be like that of laing.

Ginataang Papaya is best served freshly cooked with any kind of fried fish. Try niyo!

8 Comments so far

  1. iskoo (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

    just on time, i just have few pesos on my pocket and sweldo is still far far way, i will try this menu, sounds very delicious and nutricious too.

  2. juOn (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 9:21 am

    Hi Iskoo. I’m glad you find it useful. Try it sige.

    I checked out your blog. Pretty interesting.

  3. supermanix (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 9:35 am

    would love to try it! sounds really delicious.

  4. toni (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    ooooh this sounds great! simple lang!

  5. rach (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 11:43 pm

    Sounds fairly easy for me to do. I’ll give it a try and surprise my husband (since I rarely cook). :D

  6. juOn (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 9:02 am

    @ Manix. Yeah you should try it. Try it with crispy fried daing na bangus! Sobrang super sarap.

    @ Toni and Rach. It is simple to do. You don’t have to be a kitchen genius to cook it. :-)
    Yeah Rach surprise your husband with this.

  7. Peter (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

    I’m not a fan of cooking when it comes to gata (coconut milk) as I tend to have either a soapy gata or a too milky one. I’ve never succesfully made it just right (curry like but still silky) but hey, it’s just ginataang papaya. :D

  8. anonymous (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 4:04 am

    and this post should be in metroblogging Manila because of what? this ain’t a food blog. readers come here to read about Manila and NOT about how your brother had to cook this whatever dish because of a petty reason.

    p.s. if you can’t have any intelligent posts to write, then don’t bother posting at all.

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