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.

Below is a recipe courtesy of Mrs. Mila Luna Mata. Auntie Mila is the mother of our dear classmate and friend Ruthchel. A native of Villa Arevalo, she really cooks so well. Anyway, nothing beats a mother’s cooking!



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
1 shrimp knorr cubes


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.

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