5.115 Gising Gising

Cycle 5 – Item 115

30 (Wed) April 2014

Gising Gising


at Recipes

(Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-


Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (45) (see also TERRP)

Recipes is a Filipino restaurant.  A quick internet search suggests that at least 3 locations around Manila exist, or did exist at some point, but this is unconfirmed.  No other information about the business was readily available.  The menu offers many Filipino classics, with stronger emphasis on vegetables, seafood, fish.  Maybe due to the interior design or the menu choices or the food itself, but the general impression is that the place is trying to modernize the Filipino dining experience.  Reasonable prices, most dishes hovering around 200 pesos, rice costs extra.

When beer is 30% cheaper than fresh fruit, making the right choice isn’t so easy – in many/most developing countries, soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages are cheaper than bottled water.

Gising Gising is a Filipino dish.  Consists of ground pork and green beans cut into small  pieces, simmered in coconut milk, often seasoned with shrimp paste.

Ripe Mango Juice (no syrup): the right choice.

The gising gising at Recipes was quite good.  The sauce was well-balanced, rich and creamy in flavor, yet delicate in texture.  The beans were perfectly cooked, just so, leaving them fresh and crunchy.  And because I’d availed myself of the chicken-for-pork substitution option, the dish felt light all the way through.  I’d definitely order this again.



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