My Beloved Wife Cooked Ginataang Kalabasa

During my stay in Thailand, I was forced to learn cooking because no one was there to cook for me and eating Thai instant noodles for 6 months is not good. I cooked the failed tortang talong, carbonara-style spaghetti, weird afritada, and my favorite pork adobo.

Now that I’m a married man, it is My Beloved Wife who does much of the cooking. Last Sunday she cooked her own version of Ginataang Kalabasa and Sitaw. Our guide for this cookery is the recipe in Panlasang Pinoy website.

Her ingredients are:

Shrimp, already cooked by boiling and the shell removed
Pieces of chicken meat
Kalabasa (squash), diced
Sitaw (string beans), cut to bite-size
Bell pepper
Gata (coconut milk)
Tomatoes, sliced
Bagoong (shrimp paste)
Cooking oil
Ingredients of ginataang kalabasa

She started the cookery by preparing the ingredients. She squeezed out the coconut milk; diced the kalabasa; sliced the sitaw, onions and bell pepper; and cut pieces of chicken meat.

Slicing chicken meat for ginataang kalabasa

You might be wondering what I’m doing while she’s doing all the hard work. Well, I just took the photos. I left the cooking to the expert. :-)

Next is she sautéed the garlic and onion, followed by tomatoes, then the chicken meat and the bagoong. Then she placed the shrimps.

Cooking ginataang kalabasa

Then she poured the gata. The diced kalabasa was then placed when the gata started boiling. The sitaw followed the fray. The last to join the pot is the bell pepper. My Beloved Wife waited for the last two veggies to be cooked before placing salt and pepper, according to her taste.

And the result is…

Ginataang Kalabasa

…a yummy ginataang kalabasa.

And I’m not the only one who said that My Beloved Wife’s ginataang kalabasa is delicious. Her office mates, even her boss, praised her ginataang kalabasa.


My Beloved Wife said that the first squeeze of gata should be placed last (maybe after placing the kalabasa and the sitaw) to make the ginataang kalabasa more creamy. The second squeeze of gata is the one that should be placed after the sauté.

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  1. Oooo...pumpkin, shrimps...looks so so good! Lucky you! Your missus can cook so well.

    1. Yes. :-) I'm blessed that my wife cooks well. This explains why my belly is starting to grow big.

  2. Hi Ishmael, long time didn't drop by here! Ooh! So this is one of the perks of a married man. A wife that cooks haha!! Your wife cooks and you take photos and blog about it. Good partnership! LOL! The food looks absolutely yummy!! :)

    1. Haha...its great partnership. But my wife sometimes ask me to cook. So, I try what I can to cook something edible.

      It has been a long time Foong. I haven't visited your blog too. Will visit your blog now. :-)


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