Upo, Tabungaw nga Buridibud

Tabungaw (Upo) nga Buridibud
Upo, Tabungaw nga Buridibud. Buridibud is a variation of dinengdeng. Diced kamote or sweet potato is the dividing factor between dinengdeng and buridibud. Dinengdeng is usually cooked with a medley of native vegetables boiled with bagoong na isda, at times kamote cubes/wedges is also added to add a bit of sweetness to the dish.

Upo, Tabungaw nga Buridibud

Buridibud on the other hand is usually cooked with a choice of vegetable like upo, malungay fruit and other leafy vegetables or any other similar type of vegetables or in combination and of course diced kamote. The kamote should be cooked until it start to disintegrate and this will add a texture on the broth of the dish. Dinengdeng and buridibud are cooked without the usual aromatics.

Upo, Tabungaw nga Buridibud Recipe

It is simply boiled with bagoong na isda and best topped with grilled or fried fish.


Tabungaw (Upo)

2-3 tbsp. bagoong na isda
1 small size kamote, diced
1 medium size upo (tabungaw), sliced into thin wedges
1 medium size tomato chopped
grilled or fried fish, sliced crosswise

Cooking Procedure:

Tabungaw (Upo) nga Buridibud - Cooking Procedure

Dilute bagoong na isda in 2 to 3 cups of water, strain in a sheave and pour solution in a casserole bring to boil and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, remove all scams that rises. Add in kamote and simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes or until it start to disintegrate. Add upo and tomato, simmer for 6 to 8 minutes or until upo is cooked but firm. Add salt to taste and top with grilled or fried fish and keep covered for a minute. Serve hot.


  1. Wow, this is the sort of names of vegetable dishes I've been hunting. Sadly, in Pangasinan we only have pakbet, and almost all others go unlabeled.

    We cook tabungaw sauteed with agamang (shrimp bagoong/alamang), I've never tried it with bagoong. It's a good variation to try.

  2. Kai,
    Buridibud is a regular dish during my childhood in Vigan, I am hopping to post more similar dish, If could source the right ingredients.

  3. Hey ut-man, my wife is from Suyo, Ilocos Sur and I've been initiated to a variety of Ilocano foods including buridibud with malunggay fruits. If she cooks tabungaw, it's got to be batsu or plain dinendeng. I love those dishes!

  4. Hi Lee, We sure love vegetables, batsu is one of my all time favorite..


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