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Ginat-an nga Tambo

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Ginat-an nga Tambo is a delightful Filipino dish made with bamboo shoots cooked in a rich and creamy coconut milk broth. A unique and flavoursome culinary experience.


Units Scale
  • 600 g blue swimmer crabs
  • 2 cups young bamboo shoots (tambo), thinly sliced diagonally
  • 1 stalk jute leaves (tugabang)
  • 400 g okra, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp Visayan shrimp paste (guinamos) or bagoong
  • 4 cloves garlic, pounded
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Begin by boiling the sliced bamboo shoots until they become tender. Drain the water and squeeze out any excess moisture.
  2. In a separate pot, bring water to a boil and add the boiled bamboo shoots. Boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the sliced okra, corn kernels, coconut milk, and pounded garlic to the pot. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes, allowing the flavours to meld together.
  4. Introduce the blue swimmer crabs and Visayan shrimp paste to the pot. Continue simmering for 5 minutes.
  5. Finally, add the jute leaves to the pot and let them wilt gently.
  6. Allow the dish to simmer for another minute, ensuring that all the flavours blend harmoniously.
  7. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper according to your taste preferences, turn off the heat and serve.