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Labanos with Giniling

Most likely you've encountered labanos or radish in a Sinigang recipe or as an appetizer with vinegar dressing. But on its own, I love its peppery-bitter (or how might you call it) taste. If it's in season or if its really cheap in the market, we'd have like a "Labanos Festival" at home. And here's one of the simplest recipes using radish.
Here's the recipe for Labanos Guisado with Ground Pork.

  • 4 medium radish
  • 1 cup ground meat
  • 2 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • Salt, pepper, soy sauce and/or broth cubes to taste
  • Oil
  • Water

How to cook Labanos Guisado with Ground Pork.
  1. Wash and peel radish then slice into thin strips.
  2. In a pan, add little oil then saute-in onion, garlic and tomatoes.
  3. Add ground meat and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place labanos strips and add 1-2 cups of water (adjust if needed)
  5. Bring to a boil then adjust flavour by adding more seasoning.
  6. Simmer until the labanos are tender enough (around 10 minutes) 
  7. Serve as a side dish but still very delicious on its own.
The measurements on this recipes are just guides since in actually making this one, I just did not measure any of the ingredients. Also, I just used salt and pepper as seasoning to bring out the real taste of the labanos. Some times I used a lot of tomatoes to make the broth redder the natural way. Enjoy!

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