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Ginisang Sitaw (Sauteed String Beans)

12 May

Ginisang Sitaw (Sauteed String Beans)


  • 2 to 2-1/2 cup of string beans
  • 1 cup cubed pork
  • 1 cup shrimp
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 to 3 tbsp chopped onion
  • 2 to 3 tbsp chopped tomato
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 pcs beef or pork broth cubes
  • Salt or fish sauce to taste
  • 2 to 3 tbsp of oyster sauce


  1. Heat some cooking oil in a saucepan.
  2. Saute the garlic, onion and tomato.
  3. Saute the pork and let it cook.
  4. When the pork is cooked, put in the shrimp.  Let it cook for a few minutes.
  5. Add the broth cubes.  Let it dissolved.
  6. Add the string beans.
  7. Add the oyster sauce and give it a good mix.
  8. Let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  9. Season it with salt or fish sauce if needed.
  10. When the string beans is cooked according to your preference, then its done.
  11. Serve with steamed rice.



Hi everyone, this is Nunie (Mike).  Yesterday, I had to work and was not able to help Uday (Karen) cook.  So, while she had the kitchen all to herself, she made Ginisang Sitaw, (Sauteed String Beans) which is a popular and common dish served in the Philippines.  If you are a Filipino, then you know what this Pinoy recipe, and oh man, it is so good!  This is the first time she has made this for me and it is the first time I have eaten it.   Here is what I think: If you like Chinese Buffet type foods, then you will love Ginisang Sitaw.   The use of Oyster Sauce, instead of Bagoong, is what makes it really tasty with mild gravy.

Another thing I really liked about Ginisang Sitaw is the combination of succulent Shrimp and tender Pork chunks which made this dish truly delicious. Substitute Crawfish or crab meat for the shrimp and now you’ve got the only version of Cajun Pinoy food on the Planet!

By sauteing the string beans, which are called sitaw in the Philippines, they cook but do not get soft and it adds a buttery flavor to the beans and crunchiness to the dish itself.   Served over rice or by itself, Ginisang Sitaw will make a great entre’ or a popular covered dish for a party. If you’re going to have a party, serve it with fried Wanton or egg drop soup and you will have only empty dishes left.

Other ideas would be to serve it with Egg Rolls or Lumpia, fried Wonton, Egg Drop soup and fried rice.  But be careful, before you know it, people will be calling you for carry out! If that happens then just add a fortune cookie.  Be sure to get the freshest green beans you can get as they will be nice and crunchy and of course, the fresher the shrimp, crawfish or crab, the better it will taste. Don’t be afraid to use any cut of pork as long as you cook it thoroughly and until it is tender. I really enjoyed this Filipino recipe and I’m sure you will too!

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