Laswa or Bulanglang: Healthy Mix of Veggies Soup

In Iloilo, a province in the Philippines, a version of the Tagalog's Bulanglang is fondly called Laswa.  In English, this is some form of mixed vegetables that is cooked around 5-10 minutes with a small amount of water made into a healthy soup.  This is a simple recipe that is almost enjoyed by people especially living in towns and barrios.

Vegetables are freshly picked in the backyards, and contains zero chemicals and other harmful fertilizers.  This dish is usually served hot from the pot, with a fried fish or dried fish,  or a grilled fish a for more appetizing meal.

This vegetable soup is guaranteed nutritious and healthy, and contains antioxidants that are necessary in a human body.  Sick people can easily recover by having this as part of the meal, because of the nutritional contents that are found in this dish.

See also: Recipe of Baked Vegetables

The ingredients are as follows: (the quantity will really depend on you; can be that little or plenty):

  • Okra (lady fingers)
  • Tomatoes, onion, ginger, lemon grass
  • Malunggay (moringga leaves)
  • Patola (lufah)
  • Kalabasa (squash)
  • Green papaya
  • Eggplant

Bulanglang or Laswa is a combination of simple vegetables like okra, malunggay, talong, green papaya, kalabasa and patola. Very simple dish yet full of vitamins and minerals. Best to eat if grown from your backyard too because you will be sure of no pesticides being used. Just boil 2-3 cups of water, add tomatoes, onion, ginger and lemon grass. After 3 minutes, add green papaya and kalabasa, followed by okra, patola and talong after another 3 minutes. Lastly add malunggay, a little salt , cover  and serve hot. You can add some log peppers to add flavor.

You can try cooking this at home and do some variatons for your own satisfaction. A lot of healthy vegetables are actually available in our surroundings which can be a lot more beneficial compared to complicated dishes and recipes. You can even check in the market other green leafy vegetables that you haven’t recognized yet, such as ampalaya tops, which can go well in sauted mongo beans with coconut milk.

We Filipinos have our own exotic and adventurous way of cooking dishes. We always love variations and excitement in our food. Try the ‘laswa,’ and enjoy healthy dish with so much fun.

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