This is Dinengdeng. Dinengdeng is a popular vegetable Filipino recipe which originated from Ilocos. This dish is quite similar to pinakbet except that it is bagoong soup based dish. Dinengdeng is a healthy dish since it is composed of different vegetables. Specially if you add grilled fish instead of fried fish. Enjoy this recipe from all of us at Filipino Chow.


  • 1 medium-sized onion, sliced
  • 1 knob of ginger, sliced then crushed
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 6-8 pieces of okra, ends trimmed
  • 1 large squash, cut into cubes
  • 2 small eggplants, sliced
  • 1 large ampalaya (bitter gourd), cored and sliced
  • 1 cup of string beans, sliced into 3 inch pieces
  • 1 cup of jute leaves (saluyot)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of fish sauce (bagoong isda)
  • 3-4 cups of water


  1. Bring water to boil over medium-high heat in a medium-sized pot.
  2. Then add the onion, ginger, and tomatoes to the pot.
  3. Let this cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Season the broth with the fish sauce then continue boiling for 3 more minutes.
  5. Remove the scum that rises on top of the liquid if you see any.
  6. Now add the squash to the pot and let this cook for a couple minutes or until the squash is about halfway cooked.
  7. Add the okra, eggplant, string beans, and the ampalaya (bitter gourd) to the pot.
  8. Stir this until the vegetables are well blended.
  9. Now add the saluyot to the pot and stir briefly until everything is well blended.
  10. Reduce the heat to medium-low then let it continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or until all the vegetables are done.
  11. Adjust seasoning according to taste with a little salt and pepper, if needed.
  12. Remove the pot from the heat and transfer it to a serving dish.
  13. Serve hot with steamed rice.

You can also add fried or grilled fish of your choice to this dish.


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