Thursday, January 10, 2013

Laswa: A Delicious Ilonggo Dish

Laswa is a popular Ilonggo vegetable soup. It is easy to prepare and it is important that the ingredients has to be fresh. This is the key to having a delicious laswa.


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.

Bring the water to a boil.

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


Recipe ideas can be great with love and care felt while cooking. I can't imagine how much my love one's will love this dish!