In the Philippines or at least in our household, this is the foundation of a lot of dishes especially when combined with a lot of vegetables. I always loved coming home to the aroma of this dish cooking in the stove top as I know it would be either made with my favorite vegetable – squash or some green beans, among others.
Giniling is the Tagalog term for ground and specifically refers to ground meat. Ginisa means to sauté or cook in oil with garlic, onions, or tomatoes which is what this dish is all about. Guisado is a Spanish term which refers to braising or stewing meat with tomatoes, garlic, onions and soy sauce – the Asian guisado, anyway. Which is which? Well, whether you call this ginisa or guisado… it’s down home good especially when you combine it with vegetables or use it for omelettes.