Apan-apan Recipe, an Ilonggo favorite dish

April 28, 2012 (Last Updated: July 12, 2016)

Apan-apan Recipe

Apan-apan is an Ilonggo favorite and an authentic dish in the Ilonggo region. It is closest to Adobong kangkong, a famous dish in the Tagalog region. As an Ilonggo I would say that Apan-apan is much more flavorful and mouthwatering because of Ginamos.

Ginamos is very close to Bagoong Alamang but a far cry from bagoong.  Apan-apan Recipe is very easy and simple to cook, great for a quick meal.  Prepare more rice when you cook this dish, you will surely crave for more!

apan apan recipe

Apan-apan Ingredients:

  • Kangkong (River Spinach)  1 bunch or tali.
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Medium sized Onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoons of Guinamos (Shrimp paste) or Bago-ong Alamang
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • Cooking Oil
  • Green hot pepper, sliced (optional)

Apan-apan Cooking Instructions:

apan-apan recipe

  • Wash and clean the Kangkong
  • Remove the leaves of kangkong then cut stems to 2 inches long. Set aside.
  • In a fry or sauce Pan sauté garlic and onion.
  • Add the Kangkong and Guinamos or bagoong alamang, and vinegar stir  well then bring to a boil until the stems are cooked.
  • Add the sugar and green hot pepper, you can add more Vinegar if you prefer more sour taste.
  • Let it simmer for few minutes.
  • Serve hot with garlic rice


Here’s the ready to serve Apan-apan Recipe

apan apan recipe ilongo dish

Apan-apan Recipe, an Ilonggo favorite dish

apan apan recipe

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    June 7, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Sa picture, mukhang me karne. Pero, wala namang karne sa recipe. Vegetarian kasi ako, so gusto ko sanang maniguro na pwede itong lutuin na walang karne. Please confirm.

    Thank you 🙂

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      Ed Joven
      June 10, 2016 at 6:46 am

      wala po syang karne, yung bagoong ang nagbibigay ng sarap sa Apan-apan. pero rin syang lang ng karneng baboy.

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    October 3, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Hi, just happened to be browsing coz im going to cook apan apan today for my family…
    Shocked to see this recipe is here also…
    Thanks to you…
    Although i really know how to cook this one..
    Im also an ilonngo syempre…

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