How to cook TRADITIONAL binatog white corn kernels: Recipe+ingredients

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  May 13, 2022

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One of the most popular Filipino snacks and street foods is binatog, or boiled white corn kernels. Binatog is common street food in the Philippines, typically marketed by street vendors from house to house in large metal containers.

The binatog recipe is made up of boiled white corn kernels and crowned with freshly-grated coconut, salt or sugar, and margarine upon serving.
Binatog Recipe (Boiled White Corn Kernels)
Binatog is a very easy goody that you can prepare alone in 30 minutes or less!

The only step of making this dish that’ll take a lot of your time is the part where you’ll be removing the corn kernels from the ears.

Though it’s quicker and easier, don’t use a knife when removing the corn kernels, as you’ll want to keep the kernels whole and not cut up.

One of the fastest ways to do this is to simply use a fork. Just push the fork teeth between the corn kernels and mildly drag them on the cob. In a few minutes, you’ll have corn all set for boiling!
Binatog

Binatog recipe tips

As a popular Filipino snack sold by vendors who roam the streets with their carts, binatog quickly shot to the top of the list of the most favorite snacks in the Philippines.

Binatog or boiled white corn kernels topped with shredded coconut and sugar is another modest, easy, and simple Filipino merienda (or mid-afternoon snack) you can make. It can be topped or sprinkled with shredded coconut, sugar, or salt to enhance its taste.

Other binatog recipes use hominy or Mexican-style corn rather than white corn kernels.

Hominy corn is canned puffed white corn kernels that are already pre-soaked in water, which shortens the preparation time for binatog.

Also check out this pan de coco recipe, which is coconut bread and a great mid-afternoon snack
Homemade Binatog

Binatog Recipe (Boiled White Corn Kernels)

Binatog recipe (boiled white corn kernels)

Joost Nusselder
This binatog recipe is made up of boiled white corn kernels crowned with freshly-grated coconut, salt or sugar, and margarine upon serving.
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 3 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup boiled white hominy (corn)
  • 1 tbsp salted butter (melted)
  • 1 tbsp grated coconut
  • 1 tsp sugar (more to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Mix the boiled white corn kernels, butter, coconut, and sugar in a bowl.
  • Add more sugar to taste.
  • Hominy usually comes canned, but the corn kernels also come dried.
  • Rinse canned hominy with water and boil in a pot until kernels burst open (about 10 to 15 minutes). When cooking with dried hominy, soak dried kernels overnight in water.
  • Rinse, place in a pot, and cover with water.
  • Simmer for a few hours until kernels burst open. Then serve.
Keyword Binatog, Corn
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