Gising gising is one of Filipino's popular dishes that is known for its creamy, spicy, tasty, and, savory flavor. The dish is made with chopped green beans, Baguio beans or string beans (sitaw), minced or ground meat, and coconut milk. It is usually paired with cooked rice.
Gising-gising is a Tagalog word for wake up, wake up, which means the dish's spicy flavor that wakes up the senses. It sounds funny, but there is truth to this word. Some variations of the recipe use other vegetables like kangkong (water spinach), or winged beans, instead of green beans. Gising-Gising is often enjoyed as a main dish, but it can also be served as a side dish and appetizer.
Why you will love this
- Gising Gising is a flavorful and delicious dish that is popular spicy, and savory on the Filipino menu. The combination of coconut milk, ground meat, and sliced green beans creates a perfectly creamy, filling, and satisfying flavor that will satisfy everyone.
- Gising Gising is relatively simple to make, and it requires just a few ingredients that are easily accessible. Cooking techniques are also easy to follow. With just a few simple steps, you can prepare this tasty and satisfying dish for your friends, family, and neighbors.
- This dish is for you if you love spicy meat and green beans recipe that is similar to Bicol Express. You can still make this dish if you do not like spicy food by skipping serrano pepper and red chili in this dish, especially for younger kids.
- Ground beef
- Green beans
- Shrimp paste
- Coconut Milk
- Garlic and onion
- Serrano peppers and red chili
- Salt and black pepper
Start by gathering and preparing all your ingredients for this dish. Minced your garlic and sliced your onions thinly. Slice your green beans and jalapeno lengthwise with the same sizes.
- In a skillet over medium heat with cooking oil, saute onion and garlic until aromatic.
- Then add ground beef and shrimp paste, and cook until the meat is lightly brown. Stir occasionally to make sure the meat is cooked evenly. You can use a wooden spatula to break the meat into tiny pieces
- Add coconut milk and bring it to a gentle boil for about 5 minutes. Some people, like their coconut sauce thicker. But, it will thicken more once it is completely cool down.
- Add the sliced green beans, serrano pepper, and red chili. Cook for 3-5 minutes while stirring gradually until all the flavors are well combined. Turn off the heat. Serve and enjoy.
What to serve with the dish
Since this is similar to bicol express, we love to serve this yummy and spicy dish with rice, garlic fried rice, or mushroom fried rice on the side! It is still yummy on its own, but I also like to serve this with some noodles such as pancit bihon, pancit bihon and canton, or more steamed veggies.
Storage and Reheating tips
- Storage: Store in an airtight container, preferably a glass container, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Freezer: Gising-gising can be stored in the freezer in an an-airtight freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months. Put it in the freezer to thaw overnight, or bring it to the countertop and bring it to room temperature.
- Reheating: Reheat this dish in a saucepan on the stovetop until it warms through.
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Gising Gising Recipe
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 small onion chopped
- ½ pound ground beef
- 2 tablespoons shrimp paste or fish sauce
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 pound green beans sliced into 1-inch
- 1 large serrano pepper, sliced
- 2 large red chili sliced
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- In a skillet over medium heat with oil, saute onion and garlic until aromatic.
- Then add ground beef and shrimp paste, and cook until the meat is lightly brown. Using a spatula, stir and break the meat into small pieces.
- Add coconut milk and bring it to a gentle boil.
- Add green beans, serrano pepper, red chili, and black pepper. Cook for about 3- 5 minutes while stirring gradually, and all the flavors are well blended. Turn off the heat. Serve and enjoy.
- Add more jalapeno pepper or chili if you want this dish to be spicy.
- Double up with all the ingredients and make a large batch for your meal prepping. It will last a week in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer.
- If you don't like spicy food, you can skip the serrano pepper and red chili.
- You can use winged beans or water spinach instead of green beans to make this recipe.