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Laswa recipe: A native Ilonggo dish

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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Laswa, seafood, Shrimp
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 180kcal
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $8


  • 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


  • 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.


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.


Calories: 180kcal