How to Make Gising Gising: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

Updated on January 23, 2020
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Discover how to make gising gising, a Filipino-inspired dish.
Discover how to make gising gising, a Filipino-inspired dish. | Source

Gising gising is a famous dish from the Philippines. What does the name mean? Gising is a Tagalog term that literally means "wake up." The suggestion is that the spiciness of this dish will wake up anyone who eats it. Gising gising is a combination of pork and vegetables cooked with coconut milk and green finger chilies.

I tried this dish when I was a kid. Even though I was not a huge fan of spicy foods back then, I still enjoyed it because I love coconut milk. That childhood memory inspired me to recreate this dish at home. Allow me to share my own version of this delicious, spicy gising gising recipe. Enjoy!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves two
The ingredients for the gising gising recipe.
The ingredients for the gising gising recipe. | Source


  • 150 grams green beans
  • 100 grams ground pork
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons shrimp paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger, sliced
  • 1 piece green finger pepper, sliced
  • bird's eye chili, chopped (optional)
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The utensils for making gising gising: several bowls in different sizes.The pan and cooking spoon.
The utensils for making gising gising: several bowls in different sizes.
The utensils for making gising gising: several bowls in different sizes. | Source
The pan and cooking spoon.
The pan and cooking spoon. | Source


For Preparing the Ingredients:

  • 1 large bowl
  • 2 medium bowls
  • 5 small bowls

For Cooking Gising Gising:

  • pan
  • cooking spoon


  1. Saute garlic, ginger, and onion.
  2. Add ground pork. Cook until slightly brown.
  3. Stir in green beans, green finger pepper, and shrimp paste.
  4. Pour in coconut milk. Let it simmer until the beans are tender.
  5. Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste. Top with optional chopped bird's eye chili before serving.

Step-by-Step Video

Tips and Techniques

  1. Use the powdered version of garlic, onion, and coconut milk if fresh is not available.
  2. Add more green finger peppers to make the dish spicier.
  3. Replace shrimp paste with fish sauce.
  4. Feel free to choose other types of chilies available at your local market.

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      22 months ago from Manila

      Hi Liz,

      It is really tasty! I just love the spiciness level and taste of it.

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      Liz Westwood 

      22 months ago from UK

      This looks like another tasty dish.


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