Dinoydoy is a popular Ilocano squash with bitter melon dish. It is made up of squash with pork cooked until the squash nearly disintegrate. Bitter melon is usually added which best compliment the sweetness of the squash. Dinoydoy is so popular in Ilocos that it is one of the best seller of the Vigan branch of Max’s restaurant. The consistency of dinoydoy defend from one's preference from runny soup consistency to almost dry chunky paste like dish. Here is the recipe of my version of Dinoydoy.


4 cups cubed squash
1 large size, bitter melon, de-seeded, sliced
2 cups pork, cut into thin slices
1/2 cup small size shrimps, shelled (optional)
1 small size onion chopped
1/4 head garlic, chopped
1 medium size tomato, chopped
1/4 cup fish sauce
cooking oil

Dinoydoy - cooking Procedure

Cooking procedure:

In a sauce pan sauté garlic, onion and tomato, stir in pork and continue to to stir cook until pork starts to render fat. Add in shrimps and fish sauce, stir cook for a minute. Add in 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water, bring to a boil and add in squash. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the squash start to crumble and most of the liquid has evaporated. Add in bitter melon and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until bitter melon is just cooked. Correct saltines if required. Serve with rice.

See other related vegetable dish:

Amplaya with Egg
Bicol Express
Guinataang Langka
Guinataang Puso na Saging
Ginisang Ampalaya
Ginisang Labanos
Ginisang Munggo
Ginisang Pechay
Ginisang Sayote
Ginisang Sitaw
Guinisang Togue
Tortang Talong


  1. i miss this! i love the name too! thank you very much for this dish reminds me of childhood.:)

  2. Yes, this kind of food truly bring back childhood food memories, thanks.

  3. i'm trying this tomorrow, i haven't tried it yet, though i heard about it. now i see a photo of it. thanks.

  4. I am ilocano and I don't think I've ever had this dish. You just gave me something new to try! Thanks :)

  5. I didn't realize I was on my other gmail account. 'Tagabantay' is me, JMom lol!

  6. Hi JMom,
    The dish is very common in Vigan.
    Thanks for the visit.


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