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