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Gising-Gising with Sitaw - Long Green Beans

Gising-Gising is Pilipino for 'wake up - wake up'. This vegetable dish consists of sitaw (long green beans) sauteed in garlic, onions and ginger in coconut milk. The fiery, spicy bird's eye chilies are what literally wakes up all your senses. This is an easy meal to prepare and a heartwarming entree or side dish. Best served with rice. Serves 2 to 4.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Vegetables
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Gising Gising Sitaw in Coconut
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 792kcal
Author: Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • Large skillet or wok : 12 to 14 inches in diameter


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled, minced
  • 1 whole onion chopped
  • 1 knob (1-inch piece) fresh ginger peeled, sliced thin
  • 1 ½ cups ground pork
  • 1 Tablespoon patis (fish sauce)
  • ½ cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 500 grams sitaw (long green beans) edges trimmed; sliced into 2-inch in length pieces
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 whole siling labuyo (bird's eye chilies) sliced (Note: Do not rub eyes or face after handling chilies. Wash hands right away).
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper powder

For serving:

  • steamed rice


  • In a large skillet or wok, add the vegetable oil, on medium-high heat. Saute the garlic, onions and ginger for 1 to 2 minutes.
    Add the ground pork. Pour the patis over the pork. Blend well.
    Pour the broth into the skillet together with the other ingredients.
  • After about 5 minutes, when the pork turns from pink to brown, add the sliced sitaw (long green beans). Mix ingredients together.
    Pour the coconut milk. Add the sliced siling labuyo (bird's eye chilies). Mix well.
    Lower the heat to a simmer. If the heat is too high, the coconut milk may curdle.
    Season with salt and black pepper. Continue cooking for 5 to 6 minutes more till vegetables are soft and the pork is cooked completely.
    Serve warm with rice.

Cook's comments:

  • Substitute the sitaw with green beans or 'haricort verts' if long green beans are not available. You can also use ground beef or a mixture of both beef and pork if preferred.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 792kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 74g | Saturated Fat: 46g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1273mg | Potassium: 733mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 5mg