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Ginataang Hipon at Gulay (Vegetables in Coconut Milk)

Apr 25


I am not too fond of vegetables but when “gata” or coconut milk/cream and ginger is added, it just gives a tasty flavor to it. “Ginataang Hipon at Gulay ” is of course your ordinary simple vegetable fare but adds a touch of color when adobo is served with it. I don’t understand why my kids don’t like anything with coconut milk in it. They would rather eat “adobong sitaw” or anything laced with soy sauce.

Here is a recipe which I tweaked from Del Monte Kitchenomics, as I don’t really follow a set procedure.


1/2 cup water

a bundle of kamote tops and leaves

1 small green papaya, sliced



2 siling haba, sliced

thumb sized ginger cut in strips

2 onions, sliced

1 garlic, crushed

1 can coconut milk or you can prepare your own coconut milk

1/4 kilo shrimps, shelled

salt to taste


1. Mix all together garlic, onion, ginger strips and siling , coconut milk, haba.

2. Simmer for 5 minutes and mix occasionally.

3. Add papaya and water. Season salt to taste. Cook for 10 minutes.

3. Then add shrimps , kalabasa , sitaw , kamote tops, and leaves. Simmer for 5 more minutes or until cooked.

There you have it. A touch of color and dash of flavors.

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (390 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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  1. this has got to be one of the best Philippine dishes ever made!

  2. I love any food with gata. Maybe I got that from my Bicolano background. I never knew that you can add camote tops, ginger and green papaya for this recipe. All I knew is the simple kalabasa, sitaw and hipon. I’ve got to try this. This looks more delicious!!!

  3. i love fiulipino food ;specialy ginataang gulay

  4. lhyn /

    wow! it’s a delicious nutritious food. i love it bec. that’s my favorite dishes. more recipe pls… :-)

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