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Kilawing Puso nang Saging

Kilawing puso ng saging or also known as sisig na puso is a Filipino vegetable dish made of banana heart cooked in vinegar with pork, garlic, and spices. It's easy to make, nutritious, and delicious. Perfect with steamed rice!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 2 large banana heart
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 pound pork belly, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Thai chili peppers, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Peel and discard the outer, fibrous skin layers of banana heart until you reach the lighter, softer core. Trim off stem and discard. Cut banana core into half and slice thinly.
  • In a bowl of cold salted water, place shredded banana and soak for about 15 to 20 minutes. Using hands, squeeze to release bitter sap. Rinse with cold water and drain well, discarding liquid.
  • In a pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened.
  • Add pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
  • Add fish sauce and continue to cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add banana heart. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until softened and releases liquid.
  • Add vinegar and bring to a boil, uncovered and without stirring, for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add water and chili peppers. Bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat, cover, and continue to cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until pork and banana heart are cooked and the liquid is mostly reduced.
  • Season with salt and pepper to ta taste,. Serve hot.


  • Cook off the strong vinegar flavor by allowing it to boil uncovered and without stirring for a few minutes.
  • You can balance the sour notes with a little bit of sugar if needed.