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How to Cook Sitaw (String Beans) Gising Gising

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Gising gising with sitaw (string beans)

Gising gising with sitaw (string beans)

Gising gising is a Filipino dish that typically consists of pork and vegetables cooked in coconut milk and chilies. The combination of creamy and spicy flavors makes the dish particularly delicious. In this gising gising recipe, I used string beans, which are known in the Philippines as sitaw. Let me share my recipe with you here.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

40 min

50 min

Serves four


For Preparing the Ingredients:

  • 1 large plate
  • 5 medium bowls
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For Cooking:

  • pan
  • cooking spoon


  • 300 grams sitaw (string beans), chopped
  • 200 grams pork, sliced
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons shrimp paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 pieces green finger pepper
  • 3 medium eggplant, sliced (optional)
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, sliced
  • Cooking oil, for sauteing
  • Bird's eye chili, chopped (optional)


  1. In a pan, saute the garlic, ginger, and onion.
  2. Add the pork slices. Cook until slightly brown. Pour in water to cook until almost tender.
  3. Add in green beans, green finger pepper, and shrimp paste.
  4. Pour in coconut milk. Let it simmer until the beans are tender.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Top with chopped bird's eye chili before serving.
Creamy and spicy gising gising

Creamy and spicy gising gising

Tips and Techniques

  1. If you don't have access to fresh coconut, you can use powdered coconut milk.
  2. To make it spicier, increase the amount of green finger peppers and bird's eye chilies.
  3. Replace shrimp paste with fish sauce.
  4. Choose ground pork as an alternative of sliced pork.
  5. You can replace the pork with beef, chicken, or fish.

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