Laswa is a boiled vegetables soup dish with shrimp seasoned only with salt. It's dinengdeng, bulanglang or utan equivalent of Ilongos. What I like with this dish is its simplicity. The flavors of the mixed vegetables go together with the shrimp.

Laswa Recipe

The malungay, okra and saluyot are a must for this vegetables dish. You can how ever use any vegetables that are available or any quantities.

Laswa Dish

It is best served immediately while the vegetables are still firm. It goes with anything fried especially with fried fish.


1/4 kilo medium size fresh shrimp, shell intact
1 big bowl of combination but not limited of the following vegetables
malunggay leaves
papaya, sliced
sitaw. cut into 2” lengths
sigarillas, cut into wedges
kamote tops, leaves
okra, cut into wedges
saluyot tops. cut crosswise once

Cooking procedure:

Laswa - Cooking Procedure

In a casserole bring to boil 4 to 6 cups of water. Add in shrimp and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove all scum that rises. Add in all the vegetables, vegetables that will require longer time to cook at the bottom and leafy vegetables at the top or add later. Season with salt to taste. Simmer until vegetables are cooked but firm. Serve immediately while vegetables are still firm.


  1. very enticing picture. its one staple at home and we just throw in any available vegetable and sometimes use dried fish as "subak" instead of shrimps.

    shredded puso ng saging also makes a good ingredient in laswa

  2. in iloilo/negros, we add 'guinamos', which is ilonggo version of bagoong.

  3. to those who are allergic to shrimps, you can use "piniritong isda" instead or "hipon"/baby shrimps.
    yuli chuchai

  4. Hi yuli,
    Yes you can, happy cooking.

  5. Thanks for the recipe. ill try to cook this one for my grand dad. -- Christine

  6. Hi Christine,
    I am sure he will definitely love it.

  7. Like to cook it, which vegetables should go in and take longest to cook?



  8. Hi Lisa,
    The leafy vegs should go last


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