Filipino Stews Get Sweet

Janet Rausa Fuller

Filipino stews aren't limited to savory, meat-heavy ones. There's a sweet side, too—namely, ginataan. The word refers to anything simmered in coconut milk, but Filipinos call the sweet versions simply, ginataan. While it sounds like dessert, ginataan is eaten warm as a snack, says Chicago chef Kristine Subido. The most popular version is ginataang bilo bilo: chewy rice flour balls (the "bilo bilo"), tapioca pearls, jackfruit and ripe...