Laswa (Slimy Veggie Soup)

Laswa is a dish of mixed vegetables like okra, squash, string beans, malunggay, and others.  Shrimps are usually added to it to make the taste more savory.   What’s  different about it from other vegetable dishes is its slimy and sticky sabaw.  Some have it with eggplants, saluyot and some bagoong.  Anything goes, whatever is available.  That’s Ilonggo creativity for you. Laswa is an Ilonggo boiled vegetable soup similar to the dinengdeng of Ilocos but while the latter is flavored with bagoong, Laswa is mostly seasoned with salt. A relatively inexpensive and pretty flexible dish,  you can include virtually whatever fresh produce you have on hand. Patola, eggplant, sigarilyas, long beans, banana heart, okra, calabasa, malunggay and saluyot are just some of the plethora of vegetables you can use. In this case, I couldn’t find saluyot in the Asian supermarkets I frequent so I just added more okra to give the broth the same viscosity achieved with saluyot. Enjoy this tonight, folks. It’s simple and quick to make as well as healthy and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ kilo squash, diced
  • ¼ kilo tugabang
  • ¼ kilo okra cut into 3
  • ¼ kilo malunggay, leaves
  • ¼ kilo takway
  • ¼ kilo shrimp, skinless
  • 3 pieces tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, pound

Instructions:

1. Boil water.
2. Put squash and simmer for 2 minutes.
3. Put other ingredients.
4. Mix and let it simmer for 2-4 minutes.
5. Taste. Serve.