The transliteration of gising-gising from Filipino to English is "wake up-wake up." Ideally, this vegetable dish recipe should be spicy enough to wake you up if you're feeling sluggish. You can use other kinds of vegetables like string beans or river spinach (kangkong), but I like to use winged beans (sigarilyas) because of their unusual shape. Best served with steamed white rice and tinapa (smoked fish).

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 small white onion, sliced

  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed and chopped

  • ½ pound lean ground pork

  • 6 tablespoons fish sauce, or to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 long green chile - seeded, deveined, and chopped, or more to taste

  • 1 ⅓ cups winged beans, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 cup cream of coconut


  1. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic until onion begins to turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Add pork; sauté until it starts to whiten, 3 to 5 minutes. Add fish sauce and black pepper. Continue cooking and stirring until pork begins to brown, about 2 minutes more.

  2. Stir green chile into the pork mixture; sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add winged beans; cook and stir until bright green, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour in coconut cream; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; let simmer until coconut cream thickens, about 5 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

You can replace the regular garlic with 3 cloves of the smaller native Philippine garlic.

The amount of fish sauce to use depends on individual tastes and, even more importantly, the kind of fish sauce that you buy. I find that Philippine fish sauce tends to be saltier than, for example, Thai fish sauce. So, use more or less according to your personal preference.

Any type of long green chile pepper will do.

You can substitute coconut cream with coconut "gata" powder mixed in water to make the same amount.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

420 Calories
21g Fat
41g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 420
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 1144mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 20mg 98%
Calcium 198mg 15%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 619mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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