Bulanglang or Filipino “dinengdeng” recipe: soup with leftover fish

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  December 19, 2020

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This bulanglang recipe is a favorite dish in the Southern Tagalog region. It originally came from Batangas, where fruits and vegetables have always been in abundance.

This dish is very healthy and nutritious since it contains different types of vegetables. It’s different from pinakbet because it’s more watery and instead of bagoong alamang, this recipe uses bagoong isda.

Another difference is the cooking method. Pinakbet needs sautéing while with bulanglang, the vegetables are simply boiled, and traditionally, the stock used for it is rice wash.

Having said that, this is very easy to cook! All you need to do is boil the rice wash or water and put in the vegetables according to their cooking time. Just be sure to know which vegetables should be put in first!

Bulanglang Recipe

Bulanglang recipe tips & preparation

Ideally, aromatics like ginger, garlic, and tomatoes should be dropped first in the pot, then the squash or “kalabasa”, which must be cooked until it’s nearly disintegrated; this adds texture to the broth.

Next are the sweet vegetables like eggplants, ladies’ fingers or okra, dragon bean or sigarilyas, and sitaw. Lastly, put in the leafy vegetables.

Bulanglang is usually served hot from the pot, especially during the rainy season. It’s best paired with fried or dried fish, or you can pair it with grilled meat for a more delicious meal.

This is absolutely a guilt-free meal. There’s absolutely no oil, fats, or meat!

More about bulanglang

Bulanglang has a lot of names. In Ilocos, it’s called “dinengdeng” while they call it “laswa” in Iloilo.

Since this recipe is made entirely with fresh leafy vegetables and fruits, and there’s no frying method, it’s definitely a very healthy and perfect food for those on a diet.

This vegetable soup is guaranteed to be nutritious and contains antioxidants that are necessary for the human body.

We can also get vitamins, nutrients, and minerals from this super simple dish. The nutritional content that’s found in this vegetable soup recipe is very good for sick people to help them recover easily.

It’s also recommended for those who have high cholesterol and are diabetic.

Bulanglang

Bulanglang

Bulanglang or Filipino “dinengdeng” recipe

Joost Nusselder
Bulanglang is very healthy and nutritious since it contains different types of vegetables. It's different from pinakbet because it's more watery and instead of bagoong alamang, this recipe uses bagoong isda.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 people
Calories 392 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups kalabasa cut into wedges
  • 1 cup sitaw cut into 2” length
  • 1 cup sigarillas cut into wedges
  • 1 cup okra cut into wedges
  • 1 cup talong cut into wedges
  • 1 medium-sized tomato
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 thumb size ginger sliced
  • leftover fish (fried fish) / pork (optional)
  • 4 cups rice stock (water from washing rice)
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Wash all vegetables thoroughly.
  • Boil rice stock in a large pot. Add ginger, garlic, and tomato. Cook until tomato becomes soggy.
  • Add kalabasa and simmer until kalabasa becomes mushy.
  • Add sitaw, okram and sigarillas. Continue simmering until just cooked.
  • Add deboned fried fish (any kind of fish) and pork.
  • Season to taste.
  • Add malunggay if available and cook until malunggay is just cooked.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 392kcal
Keyword Bulanglang, Fish, seafood
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