A Fusion of Flavors: How to Make Bacolod City’s Famous ‘Kansi’

Bacolod's Kansi

Itching to try something new for dinner? Then you might want to try kansi.

Kansi is the Ilonggo version of bulalo and sinigang combined. The result is a beef soup mixed with a savory sour broth. The dish happens to be a staple in the province of Negros Occidental, particularly in the city of Bacolod. Locals enjoy kansi during the rainy season or in the -ber months when cold weather starts to kick in. Here is a recipe for the local dish kansi that is sure to keep you and your family’s taste buds satisfied.

Kansi Recipe: Bacolod’s Fusion of Sinigang and Bulalo

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Kansi Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 stalks of lemongrass, tied into knots with thick end crushed
  • 2 lbs. of beef shank
  • 1 plum tomato, wedged
  • 3 pieces long green chili (siling pansigang)
  • 3 pieces hot red chili pepper (optional)
  • 7 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion, wedged
  • 4 tablespoons annatto oil
  • 1 beef cube
  • 1 (4 g) pack sinigang sa sampaloc mix
  • 3 cups sliced unripe jackfruit
  • 8 to 10 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce (patis)

Kansi Recipe Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Heath the annatto oil in a soup pot or pressure cooker if available.
  2. Once the oil is hot, cook the garlic until it turns light golden brown.
  3. Add the beef shank and cook on one side for approximately 30 seconds to a minute. Make sure you turn it over to cook both sides equally.
  4. Pour water and allow it to boil.
  5. Add onions, tomatoes, and beef cube. Stir for one minute and then add the lemongrass.
  6. Cover the pressure cooker and allow it to cook for 30 minutes. If you are using a soup pot, cook the beef on low heat for 2 to 3 hours. Don’t forget to add water as needed.
  7. Remove the cover of the pressure cooker and apply heat to bring the mixture to a boil.
  8. Place jackfruit, stir the mixture and cook for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the peppers and allow it to cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  10. Pour the contents of the sinigang mix package and add fish sauce (patis). Let this cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  11. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. Remember to serve hot to really enjoy the kansi!

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