Simply, Laswa: A Vegetable Soup Dish

image.jpegDon’t mistake it for the Ilocano dinengdeng.  It looks like it, but it is of Ilonggo origin, and it does not use bagoong. It’s called laswa.

You can use a variety of vegetables for this recipe, but I chose to keep it sweet and simple with just kalabasa (squash), okra and alugbati (blue spinach).  To enhance the flavor, I added some dried dulong (silver fish).

It’s a quick and easy recipe if you’re looking for a soupy, vegetable dish that can go with your fried or barbecued meat or fish.

It’s perfect for a cold and rainy day.


1 cup, sliced okra

1 cup, sliced kalabasa (squash)

1 bunch, alugbati (blue spinach), stems removed

1/2 medium white onion, sliced

3 cups water

1/2 cup, dried dulong (silver fish)

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsps fish sauce


Boil water in a medium pot.  Add okra, kalabasa and onions.  Add dulong fish.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Add fish sauce. When the kalabasa is cooked tender, reduce heat and add alugbati. Simmer for a few minutes before serving.




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