How to Make Gising Gising: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

Updated on August 1, 2019
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how to make gising gising: a Filipino-inspired dish
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." This 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 re-create this dish at home. Allow me to share my own version of this delicious, spicy gising gising recipe. Enjoy!

ingredients for gising gising recipe
ingredients for 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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utensils for making gising gising | Source
utensil for cooking gising gising
utensil for cooking gising gising | Source


For Preparing the Ingredients:

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

For Cooking Gising Gising:

  • pan
  • cooking spoon

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves two


  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 salt and pepper to taste. Top with optional chopped bird's eye chili before serving.

Gising Gising Step-by-Step Procedure

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.

Questions & Answers

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        13 months ago from California

        Hi Liz,

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

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        Liz Westwood 

        13 months ago from UK

        This looks like another tasty dish.


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