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Vegan Cansi

Vegan Cansi is a classic Ilonggo soup that is savory, sour, and bursting with the flavors of young jackfruit and spices.
Author: Lainey


  • 200 grams dried soy beans Note: Soak in water overnight to be cooked easily.
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 300 grams of young jackfruit sliced as wedges
  • 1 small red onion chopped in quarters
  • 2 small red tomatoes sliced in halves
  • 1 ginger mashed & sliced
  • 5 pcs Batwan or 1 teaspoon tamarind powder
  • 1 lemongrass knotted and tied*
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon annatto powder
  • 200 grams of tofu cut into medium cubes
  • 10 pcs magic soy protein meat soaked to soften and drain*
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pcs chili peppers
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil


  • In a pot over medium heat, add 1 ½ cups of water, soy beans and cover the pot and cook until beans are soft, about 10 minutes. Note: Some of the water will evaporate and be absorbed by the beans so you may need to add 2 cups of water again and allow it to boil. 
  • Next, add young jackfruit and cover pot with lid until it softens, about 10 minutes. 
  • Then add onions, tomato, ginger and batwan or tamarind, star anise, lemongrass, mix and cover until it boils.
  • Once it’s boiling, add annatto powder, tofu, vegetarian meat, salt, pepper, and chili peppers mix until combined, then cover for a minute or two.
  • Add sesame oil to attain the fatty meat usually seen in boiling meat.


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