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Binignit with saba bananas, taro, jackfruit, ube (purple yam), and sweet potato
Alternative namesginá-tan, tinunuan, alpahor, ginettaán, ginat-an, ginat-ang lugaw, pinindot, ginataang bilo-bilo, ginataang halo-halo
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateVisayas, Mindanao
Serving temperatureHot or cold
Main ingredientsglutinous rice, coconut milk, saba, taro, sweet potato, pearl sago, landang
Similar disheslugaw, ginataan

Binignit is a Visayan dessert soup from the central Philippines. The dish is traditionally made with glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk with various slices of sabá bananas, taro, and sweet potato, among other ingredients.[1][2][3] It is comparable to various dessert guinataán (coconut milk-based) dishes found in other regions such as bilo-bilo. Among the Visayan people, the dish is traditionally served during Good Friday of Holy Week.


Binignit is also called giná-tan in Bikolano, tabirák in Mindanao Cebuano, alpahor in Chavacano, ginettaán' in Ilokano, ginat-an (or ginat-ang lugaw) in Waray and Hiligaynon/Ilonggo, kamlo in western Iloilo, scramble in Tuguegarao City and linugaw in Bacolod City.

Binignit is considered a type of lugaw (rice gruel) and guinataán (dishes cooked in coconut milk).


The meat of a mature coconut is grated and the "thick" milk (coconut cream) is extracted. Two cups of water are then added to the grated coconut, and a second extraction is made. This becomes the "thin" milk. This "thin" coconut milk extract is added to cubed kamote (sweet potato), gabi (taro) and ube (purple yam), sliced ripe sabá (plantain) and langka (jack fruit), and tapioca pearls. Sometimes, young coconut meat strips are also added. This is simmered on low to medium heat, to prevent the coconut milk from curdling. Glutinous rice is added once the root crops have sufficiently softened and the mixture is brought to a boil; being stirred occasionally until done. Just before removal from the flame, the "thick" coconut milk is added.[4]

The people of the neighboring island of Leyte use ingredients such as landang[5] (palm flour jelly balls), jackfruit,[5] and anise, and thicken it with milled glutinous rice. The vegetables and the pearl sago are cooked in a mixture of water, coconut milk and landang, and sweetened by muscovado or brown sugar.

Cultural significance

A popular afternoon snack, it is best served when hot. Others serve it chilled or even frozen, eating the dessert much like ice cream. Among the Visayan people, the soup is also widely cooked and eaten for the Holy Week, especially during Good Friday when observant Catholics fast and avoid meat.[6][7][8]

See also


  1. ^ "Cebuano Binignit Recipe". Pinoy Recipes. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  2. ^ "Filipino Recipe". Online Resources. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
  3. ^ "Binignit and Biko". Everything Cebu. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
  4. ^ "Binignit". Kawaling Pinoy. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2015-06-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Cirtes, Michael Rey M. "Cebu: Holy Week Practices". SunStar Cebu. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  7. ^ Pulgo, Izobelle T. "Binignit: A Good Friday Cebuano soul food". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  8. ^ Tocino, Kevin. "How did binignit become a staple during the Holy Week?". Y101FM. Retrieved 19 April 2019.