For this recipe, make sure you soak the heart in salted water to remove some of the bitter aftertaste.
4 fresh banana hearts
2 medium sized shallots (thinly sliced)
2 tbsp coconut oil
Juice from 2 calamansi to taste (you may also use lime juice)
1 red chili pepper (sliced)
Fill a bowl with about 5-6 bowls of cold water and 2 tbsp salt. Peel the outer layer of the banana hearts until you reach the light colored part of the heart. Finely chop the banana heart and soak in the salted water. Massage for 3 minutes to get rid of the bitter sap and drain.
Fill a large bowl with water and ice. Bring a medium pot to a boil over high heat and blanch the banana heart for about 10 seconds. Strain and place in the ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and pat dry with paper towel and place in a bowl. Add shallots, coconut milk, lime juice, chili and salt to taste.