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How to Make Gising Gising: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

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Discover how to make gising gising, a Filipino-inspired dish.

Discover how to make gising gising, a Filipino-inspired dish.

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 timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

40 min

50 min

Serves two

The ingredients for the gising gising recipe.

The ingredients for the gising gising recipe.


  • 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)


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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