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Laswa Recipe

Laswa is a popular Ilonggo vegetable soup, it is the equivalent of Bulanglang from Batangas and Dinengdeng from Ilocos region.

Laswa is simple to prepare and the vegetable ingredients has to be fresh.  The flavors of the fresh mixed vegetables go together with the shrimp that’s why this soup is flavorful and delicious.  Alugbati or Kulitis, Okra, Kalabasa and Saluyot are a must ingredients for this  soup and whatever vegetables that are in season.

Laswa Vegetable Soup is a healthy dish and very rich in fiber which is very important in our digestion. Laswa is best served immediately while the vegetables are still firm. It is a great side dish for anything fried especially with fried fish.

Laswa Recipe

Laswa Ingredients:

  • 1/8 kilo diced Kalabasa ( Squash)
  • 1/4 kilo Alugbati ( Malabar Spinach ) or  Kulitis ( Native Spinach )
  • 5 pcs Sitaw or Balatong ( String Beans ) cut into 2 inches
  • 3 pcs  Okra cut into wedges
  • 1/4 kilo fresh Shrimp, shell intact
  • 1 pc Talong ( Eggplant ), sliced
  • Salt to taste or Fish Sauce ( Patis )
  • 2 cloves garlic, pound
  • 1 Magic Sarap sachet ( optional )
  • 6 cups of water

Laswa Cooking Instructions:

laswa ingredients

  • Bring the water to a boil
  • Add the fresh Shrimp
  • Once the fresh Shrimp turns pinkish, add the Okra then after two minutes add the Squash.
  • When the Squash start to slightly fork tender, add the String beans and Eggplant
  • Add  half sachet of Magic Sarap ( optional ) then add salt to taste or Patis
  • Turn off the heat then add your leafy vegetables, they will get cooked by the residual heat so it won’t get overcooked.
  • Serve Laswa immediately with Fried  fish

Laswa recipe

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4 Responses

  1. jared's mum

    July 25th, 2011 at 3:57 pm


    ooh! i love laswa! i had a taste when a friend of mine brought some at work + it was really vegetarian manna! i’d love to try it one time + will bookmark this page for the recipe. thanks for sharing 😀

  2. Cathy Santos

    June 15th, 2012 at 9:59 am


    Great website! thanks to Pinoy Recipe I’ve tried several recipes here that I love to eat but not available at any restaurant where I am now,kahit papano naka kain din ako ng mga pinoy foods.

  3. Rain

    March 8th, 2013 at 9:49 am


    Actually, the original ilonggo version uses Saluyot instead of Alugbati.

  4. Donna L.

    March 7th, 2015 at 3:11 am


    This soup looks so nutritious and tasty!

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