Gising Gising, Spicy Green Beans with Coconut Milk

Gising Gising, Spicy Green Beans with Coconut Milk
Gising Gising, Spicy Green Beans with Coconut Milk. Gising gising is one of the more popular vegetable ginataan dish in most Filipino restaurants. I have no idea where the dish originated and I would not assume also that it came from Bicol or Pampanga. The name gising-gising literely translates to wakeup-wakeup, it has been told that because gising gising is spicy hot it awakens your senses. Gising gising has become popular to most Pinoy who loves spicy ginataang dishes.

Gising Gising

There are several versions of the dish which are based on type of vegetables used. In fact I have already a gising gising version using asparagus in the archives called Asparagus with Coconut Milk, Pinoy Gising Gising Style. For my gising gising green beans version I used the green beans produced locally here in Australia, as an alternative to the Baguio beans variety. I have also used generous amount of bottled spicy bagoong alamang which is always available here on most Pinoy or Asian stores. Here is the recipe of my Gising Gising, Spicy Green Beans with Coconut Milk.


Gising Gising Green Beans

1/2 kilo green beans, trimmed, cut into 1/4” lengths
1/2 kilo pork, cut into thin strips
2-3 pcs. green long chili, cut into 1/4” lengths
2-3 red hot chili
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium size onion, chopped
2 thumb size ginger, peeled, cut into thin strips
3-4 tbsp. shrimp paste, bagoong alamang
1 big can canned coconut cream
1-2 tbsp. fish sauce
salt to taste
cooking oil

Cooking procedure:

Gising Gising Cooking Procedure

In a sauce pan sauté garlic, ginger and onion until fragrant. Add in the pork stir cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then add in the fish sauce and shrimp paste and continue to stir cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add in 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water, 2/3 of the coconut cream, bring to a boil and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes or until the liquid has reduced to an oily sauce, stirring occasionally to prevent the coconut milk from curdling. Now add in the remaining coconut milk, green beans, green and red chili, continue to cook for another 3 to 5 minutes or until the vegetables are just cooked, correct saltiness if required. Serve hot with a lot of rice.


  1. Would be trying this soon. Thanks for posting this recipe!

    Michael Soriano

  2. Loved your recipes! keep up the good work! Loved the pictures that accompany it. Could please post Thai Recipes which is a healthy alternative for people on a diet?


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