December 15, 2014
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This dish is very similar to Pinakbet, Dinengdeng originated from the Ilocos region; provinces in the northern part of the Philippines. It is composed of different vegetables and grilled fish or Bagnet (Lechon Kawali) is added. Instead of the shrimp paste used for the Pinakbet, “bagoong isda” or fish sauce was used to make this scrumptious dish.




  • 1 whole milk fish, sliced and grilled or 1/2 kg. Lechon Kawali, sliced
  • 2 to 3 cups Kangkong leaves (Water Spinach)
  • 2 cups squash flower
  • 12 to 15 pieces small to medium sized okra
  • 2 to 4 eggplants, sliced
  • 1 bundle string beans, sliced into 3 inch pieces
  • 2 pieces medium ampalaya (bitter gourd), cored and sliced
  • 1 to 2 cups squash, sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons bagoong isda (unprocessed fish sauce)
  • 2 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups water


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large cooking pot.
  2. Add the onion and tomato. Cook covered for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour-in the bagoong isda. Stir.
  4. Add okra, eggplant and string beans. Stir and add the ampalaya and squash slices. Cook in medium heat for 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. Put-in the squash flower and kangkong leaves. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Add the grilled fish or meat slices. Let it stay for 3 to 5 minutes to add flavor to the dish.
  7. Serve. Share and enjoy!

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One response to “Dinengdeng”

  1. Juliana says:

    this one really made me drool. The ilocana in me kicked in. It’s one lucky day if I can find all the ingredients. Tapos if they’re available, mahal na hihi.
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