Ginataang Kalabasa, Sitaw at Hipon

Yes, it is easier to have the shrimps in this recipe peeled and deveined prior to cooking but by gawd! This ginataang kalabasa, sitaw at hipon is not a complete experience if I don’t get down and dirty with my hands and suck on heads, errr, shrimp heads. Because really, what can be a better gustatory delight than tapping our rice-encrusted fingers on the plate, peeling shrimp and spooning sauce as we go?

GInataang Kalabasa, Sitaw at Hipon

Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw (Squash and Beans in Coconut Milk)
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Yield: 4 Servings
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 banana chili pepper
  • 2 cups kalabasa (kabocha squash), pared, seeded and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 cups sitaw (long beans), ends trimmed and cut into 3-inch lengths
  • ½ lb large shrimps (about 7 to 8 pieces), tendrils trimmed
  • salt to taste
  1. In a pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions and garlic until limp. Add fish sauce and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Pour in coconut milk and add chili. Bring to a simmer. Lower heat and continue to cook for about 5 to 6 minutes or until slightly reduced.
  3. Add squash and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. Add long beans and continue to cook for another 5 to 6 minutes. Add shrimps and continue to cook for about 4 to 5 minutes or until squash is softened, long beans are tender yet crisp and shrimps have changed color. Season with salt to taste.



  1. Kris Garing says

    Hi Lalaine, I’ve been an avid fan of your blog for almost a year now.. I owe you a lot of the credit that Ive been getting from my family… your recipes are my number one “go to” every time it’s my turn to cook dinner (twice a week that is). I finally tried this giinataang shrimp recipe last Friday since it was holy week and we were only eating seafood…it was my first try but boy oh boy did it hit the spot! My GF said “sauce palang..ulam na!” You are awesome…I enjoy reading your mini stories in every recipes…keep it up! =)

  2. Hazel says

    I made this dish for dinner and Rob, my mom and I loved it. It was just the right amount of coconut milk and the mixing of the flavors is awesome! Thanks Laine!

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