How to Cook Ginisang Upo?
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Upo or bottle gourd is a flavorful vegetable that will surely flip the rice cooker upside down. A simple ginisang upo is enough to brighten or complete someone’s day.

This ginisang upo recipe includes chicken to add more flavor and protein.

Read: How to Cook Ginisang Patola?

Seeds or without Seeds?

You can include the seeds based on your preferences. If you are lucky and able to buy that freshly-picked upo, you don’t have to worry because the seeds are still soft. If you found the seeds hard, you can scrape them first using a spoon before chopping.

The upo I used in this recipe was a gift from a neighbor. He just harvested it from his backyard. So, I didn’t bother removing the seeds.


Ginisang Upo Ingredients

  • 1 large upo – peeled and sliced
  • 3/4 kilo chicken – cleaned and chopped
  • 1 bundle malunggay
  • 3 cloves garlic – finely minced
  • 1 medium red onion – chopped
  • 3 pieces tomatoes – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a pan, saute garlic, onion, and ginger.
  2. When it becomes aromatic, add the tomatoes and let it simmer for a few minutes or until the skin peels off.
  3. Add the chicken and let it simmer for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add water and let boil until the chicken is cooked.
  5. Season with let a pepper.
  6. Put the upo and let cook. Continuously stir to distribute the heat.
  7. Add malunggay and let it boil for about 30 seconds.
  8. Serve and enjoy.

Ginisang Upo Recipe


  • When seasoning ginisang upo, make sure it’s a little saltier than your preference. The upo will release water that will counter the salt.
  • Continuous mix when you added the upo to make sure that they will cook evenly.
  • Adjust water when necessary.
  • This is best with hot rice.

Written by Ringo

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