Gising gising is a unique name for a dish. Gising in Filipino means “wake up”. This dish is spicy, that it will make you wake up, thus, the name gising-gising.

I remember Enga who owned this Chinese restaurant in our place, which served Gising Gising. I have not seen any restaurant which serves this Gising Gising the way this old resto did. Enga would slice thin slices of fried tofu, that will be stir fried with slices of sayote and finger chilis and the spicy sauce.  This dish goes well with the Lechon Kawali also served in the same eatery.

I tried to copy Enga’s Gising Gising, and my version may not really look like the way it was served then, but am pretty sure that the taste is quite near to his cooking.

Here is my version of Enga’s Gising Gising:


4 block of Tofu (tokwa, i prefer the ones bought in the market or palengke)
1 Sayote
1-2 pcs finger chilis (I use the chili paste I from Bicol)
1 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp canola oil
Few strips of pork (optional)
1 cup water
1 – 2 Tbsp flour dissolved in 1/2 cup water
1 Knorr chicken bouillon cube
1 Tbsp soy sauce

1. Fry the tofu until golden brown. Slice thinly. Set aside.
2. In a pan, saute garlic and onions in canola oil. Add the Knorr chicken cube and pork slices if using. Let cook until the pork is no longer pink in color.
3. Add the sayote slices, finger chilis or the chili paste, then add the water. Add the soy sauce, mix and let the sayote cook. Season to taste.
4. When sayote is almost cooked, stir in the flour-water mixture. Blend well so that no lumps from the mixture will form. Add the fried tofu before the sauce thickens, stir well. Remove from heat and serve hot.

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