Laing (Taro Leaves cooked in Coconut Milk)

Laing (Taro Leaves cooked in Coconut Milk)

Laing is one of those dishes that I love but my mom never cooks. The first time I ate Laing was when our next door neighbor, Aling Leoning, [which also happens to be my mom’s good friend] gave us a bowl. It tasted good……with the right consistency of sauce,creamy and a little spicy. When my first craving for Laing came, I decided to try and buy at the local carinderia but it didn’t taste quite as good as Aling Leoning’s [Laing]. I know I just have to have her recipe for it, specially when they migrated to the US. She sent me the recipe thru e-mail.

The recipe must’ve been sitting in my e-mail for at least a month now before I had the urge to try it. peanutbutterloves Laing as well and these past few busy days I’ve only been buying meals for us,I know I have to serve him some good food.So here it is. This is also my way of thanking Aling Leoning for giving me the recipe…mwah.

Laing (Taro Leaves cooked in Coconut Milk)


Laing/ Taro Leaves cooked in Coconut Milk


  • A bunch of Taro Leaves, washed and dried [♥you can also buy dried ones at the grocery]
  • milk of three coconuts [♥ you can also used canned]
  • ¼ ground pork
  • 100g shrimp, washed and shelled
  • 1 tbsp ginger, sliced
  • 3 tbsp shrimp paste
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bird’s eye chili [optional]


  1. Wash taro leaves, slice into bite size pieces and dry it out for a few days.
  2. Pour half of the coconut milk and same amount of water in a deep pan or a wok.
  3. Mix in the sliced ginger,ground pork, shrimp and shrimp paste
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes.Then add taro leaves.
  5. Simmer until Taro Leaves are soft and wilted. If sauce dries out before the leaves are soft just add water.
  6. Add the rest fo the coconut milk just before it gets cooked.
  7. Stir in, sugar, salt and pepper to taste.
  8. If you want it spicy put slices of bird’s eye chili.

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3 Responses

  1. Hi there, my mouth is watering!! I was just wondering, what can I substitute for Taro leaves? Will spinach work?

  2. I grow my own Taro here in Washington, DC. I’d love to try you recipes here!
    Another green leafy vegetable i use similar to Taro leaves is the Collard greens.

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