Local Flavors

GG: Ginataang Gabi

Davao Oriental

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Oct 02, 2013

Gabi (Taro) is a root crop that is popularly used in vegetable dishes here in the Philippines and in South East Asia. So it was a pleasant surprise to see it served on its own as a sweet snack in Mati, Davao Oriental. The Gabi used was also the purplish variety unlike the common white flesh.

Intrigued by the snack, I asked the cook how to prepare it. She said, Gabi is peeled, sliced, boiled in coconut milk and when the coconut milk turns sticky, you remove it from the pan and arrange it on a plate then pour the sticky coconut milk.

Served in coconut shells (bao) in a bed of banana leaves made it more appealing. True enough, it was a treat to have Gabi as a sweet snack.

How To Get There:

Davao Oriental can be reached from Manila and Cebu by taking any of the daily scheduled airline flights to Davao City. From Davao City, Mati City, Davao Oriental is accessible via 3-hour private car ride or 3-31/2 hour public utility bus or van ride on a fully concreted highway.

Bus rate is from Php 200-220, Van rate is Php 230-250.

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