Laswa recipe: A native Ilonggo dish full of veggies!

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  May 23, 2022

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Laswa is a native Ilonggo recipe made entirely of vegetables with a medium-sized dish as its “sahog”. It’s similar todinengdeng of the Ilocanos and bulanglang of the Batangueños.

However, the laswa recipe differentiates itself from dinengdeng, as the former uses salt as its seasoning whereas dinengdeng uses bagoong isda.

Laswa is also different from bulanglang in that laswa uses plain water for its broth while bulanglang uses rice wash.

It could be said though that these 3 are essentially all vegetable stews, but only with regional variations.
Laswa Recipe ( Native Ilonggo Dish)
Zooming into the laswa recipe, it boasts a variety of vegetables in its list, which includes squash, saluyot, okra, eggplant, string beans, and patola. However, whatever green produce are available at the moment would be perfect for laswa!

The main taste of this recipe centers around how these vegetables mix their flavors to have a unified, earthy, and humble taste.

Another main ingredient (shrimp) is supposed to be left as it is, neither deveined nor shelled, so as to also give its sea-fresh flavor to the entire dish and also to retain its individual taste.

Laswa recipe preparation tips

The laswa recipe is very easy to follow since in cooking it, you can just either put all of the sliced ingredients (except for the shrimp) in the pot and pour the water in,or you can do it in reverse.

Also, as you’re using plain water for the broth of this laswa recipe, putting in more okra or more saluyot will add more body and texture to the dish.
Laswa

Take a look at this version of lawsa that YouTuber Panlasang Pinoy makes that has fish:

 

Laswa

Laswa recipe: A native Ilonggo dish

Joost Nusselder
Laswa is a native Ilonggo recipe made entirely of vegetables with a medium-sized dish as its “sahog”. It's similar to dinengdeng of the Ilocanos and bulanglang of the Batangueños.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 people
Calories 180 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g fresh shrimp cleaned with head and shell intact
  • 250 g squash diced
  • 2 pcs eggplant cut into wedges
  • 10 pcs okra cut into wedges
  • 5 pcs string beans cut into 2-inch pieces
  • ½ medium-sized patola sliced
  • 1 bunch saluyot
  • 8 cups water
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Bring water to a boil and add fresh shrimp.
  • When the shrimp turn pinkish, add squash and okra, and simmer for 2-5 minutes or until squash is slightly tender.
  • Add string beans and eggplant, and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add patola and simmer for 1 minute. Season with salt to taste.
  • Turn off heat and add the saluyot so it won’t get overcooked.
  • Serve immediately while hot.

Notes

Note: There are no measurements in this recipe since you just throw in the available vegetable ingredients and adjust the seasoning (esp. salt) based on the number of vegetables.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal
Keyword Laswa, seafood, Shrimp
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Laswa-Ilonggo
Serve this dish while still hot so you can fully enjoy the warm broth and also with rice. If you choose to have a condiment to up the flavor, however, you can have fish paste or fish sauce.

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