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Ginisang Upo and Spinach

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Ginisang Upo and Spinach is a Filipino dish of stir-fried bottle gourd, tomatoes, prawns, and spinach that is then quickly braised on chicken stock.


  • 1 big bottle gourd (about 15 inches in length), sliced 1 cm thick and 5 cm wide
  • 1 bunch spinach, trimmed
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 250 g shelled prawns
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • oil
  • fish sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a wok, heat oil then sauté garlic and onions.
  2. Add chopped tomato then cook for 2 minutes
  3. Add prawns then stir fry for 30 seconds
  4. Add the sliced bottle gourd, stir fry for 2 minutes
  5. Add chicken stock, fish sauce and sugar and simmer for 8 minutes
  6. Add the spinach, give it a mix, then simmer for 2 more minutes.
  7. Season with freshly ground black pepper and serve