Original Gising Gising Recipe (Chopsuey Spicy Version)

Gising gising is a Filipino term which denotes the English words  — “wake up, wakeup“. Why is this dish called as such? Well, one taste of this amazing dish and you will surely know why! Anyone will surely be woken up by the hot and spicy taste that this vegetable dish has. If you know the Pinoy dish chopsuey, it is very much the same except for the fact that this one is a bit more spicy.

This vegetable dish originated from Nueva Ecija. This dish can be served as an “ulam” or a pulutan (accompaniment for beer and alcoholic drinks). Truth is, there are lots of versions of this vegetable dish but the one that I would be presenting to your is the original recipe.

Gising Gising Ingredients:

* 1 pc of thumb size Ginger (cut into strips)
*  100 g of young corn
*  2 pcs of  bird’s eye chili
*  1/4 kg of Mussels
*  1/4 kg of Squid, bite-sized
*  1/4 kg of shrimp, deveined and peeled
*  1 pc of medium Cauliflower flowerettes
* 100 g of Snow Peas
* 1 pc of medium  Broccoli flowerettes
* 2  pcs of medium carrots
* 5 cloves of garlic, (minced )
* 1/4 kg of fish fillet (any fish will do)
* 1 cup of water
* 4 tbsp. Of Oyster Sauce
* 1 pc of medium onion (diced)
* 2 pcs of medium bell pepper (red & green) , wedged
* 2-3 tablespoons of Butter
* 1 tbsp of cornstarch (mixed with ¼ cup of water)
* 5 pcs of parsley (minced)
* ½ cup of cooking oil.

You can substitute chicken or pork strips in the event that you have no seafoods or you are allergic to it. 

How To Cook Gising Gising:

1). Heat your pan over medium heat. Place in the 2-3 tbsp of butter.
2). Put the onions, garlic and ginger in the pan and saute it in the butter.
3). Once the added ingredients are already well cooked, it is time that you pace the squid, fish and the shrimp. (This is the perfect time for you to add the pork or chicken in the event that you decided to use these ingredients) Stir until the ingredients are slightly cooked. For seafoods, it will just take one minute. Meats, on the other hand, will take a minute or two.
4). Place  all the sliced vegetables on the pan and stir fry. Place in the birds eye chili then lower down the heat. Stir for a while then allow it to simmer.
5). Keep in mind that the vegetables should not be overcooked. Your veggies should be crunchy. Soft and mushy is a big no-no. In addition to that, the veggies must still retain their bright color.
6). Once the veggies are cooked properly, you can add in your corn starch mixture.
7). Serve hot. Serve with rice.

Now you can enjoy this favorite Novo Ecijano vegetable dish anytime you want!

Image Credit: filipino-food-recipes.com

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