Dinengdeng is a medley of different kinds of vegetables stewed in bagoong monamon soup base then topped with fried fish.


Our Saturdays are a bit different than the rest of the week. That’s the time when we go to Quiapo Church to hear Saturday mass, give thanks to the blessings that we receive, and pray for guidance. After church, we head on to the wet market located just a few steps outside the church. That’s where I buy strawberries, lanzones, lettuce, or any fruit in season. It’s cheaper there than  anywhere else.

Last Saturday, peanutbutter and I spotted a few exotic vegetables we rarely cook and eat. We thought it’s something we should try and something that Ykaie should get introduced  to. So we thought of cooking Dinengdeng.

Dinengdeng (also called Inabraw) is an Ilocano dish that is very much similar to Pinakbet but contains fewer vegetables and is cooked in a bagoong soup base. It is kind of like a free-style dish because you can put any vegetables you like and top it with any kind of fish. The last time I made this the ingredients were Squash, Jute leaves (saluyot), bittermelon,  eggplant, and okra. Then it was topped off with fried Galunggong (Mackerel Scad).


This time I was making it with Bunga ng Malunggay (Moringa Pods), Bataw (Hyacint Beans), Patani (Lima Beans), Sweet Potato, Jute Leaves, Bittermelon, and Alakon Blossoms.


These are vegetables I rarely see at the wet market specially the lima beans, moringa pods, and the alakon.

This is the first time I’ve tried these Moringa Pods. Some call it Hagod which I think came from the manner it is eaten. It’s  a bit difficult to peel because the skin is thick. So what is usually done with it when cooked is just massage it and push the pods and meat out the skin when cooked… hence Hagod.

Can you believe you can buy peeled ones in Quiapo? Saves you the time and effort to peel them.

Our Dinengdeng is topped with fried Tanigue. Ykaie loved this version of Dinengdeng more than the first one. She loves the Moringa Pods while I discovered I loved the sweet potato.

Include Dinengdeng in your menu this Lenten Season. (More Recipes for Lent here)

Oh, BTW, How do you like my new lay-out? I spent quite sometime with this last week that’s why my blogpost has taken a back seat. I love love love how it looks!



  • Author: Peachy Adarne


  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 small knob of ginger sliced
  • 2 tbsp bagoong monamon, (choose boneless so you won’t have to strain it)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 pieces sweet potato, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup lima beans (patani)
  • 1 cup alakon blossoms
  • 1 cup moringga pods, cut into pieces,
  • 1 cup jute leaves
  • 1 bittermelon, cleaned and cut into pieces,
  • fried fish (king fish or mackerel scad or any fish you like)


  1. Heat oil in a pot.
  2. Sauté garlic, onion and ginger until onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add bagoong monamon and water.
  4. Bring it to a boil then add sweet potato and lima beans. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add bittermelon, moringga pods, alakon blossoms and simmer for 2 minutes.
  6. Add jute leaves and simmer for an additional 1 minute.
  7. You can either add the fried fish on top of the vegetables and the simmer it for an additional 1 minute. Or just add the fish on top of the vegetables upon serving so it will remain crispy.

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90 Responses

  1. I have seen moringa pods many times before but I never asked my mom how they’re eaten. Haha! Thanks to this article, I learnt something about it. 🙂
    And your layout is great! I love blogs that are not too heavy to load (mobile friendly blogs)

  2. I am all for unique foods and this one takes the cake. Love the food photography too. I am just getting into this myself

  3. Oh my God i just fall in love with these pictures.The looks beautiful. I like the recipe and definatly soon i am going to try this. thanx for sharing

  4. The only thing I reccognize is the black eyed peas. These foods look very interesting and your dish looks beautiful, I bet it tastes just as well.

  5. The king fish looks delectable! And I love seeing your photos of all the exotic vegetables. I think it’s great you’re reaching out and trying to prepare new things.

    1. Sarap neto,lalo na at freshly pick ang gulay…it reminds me sa aking probinsiya

  6. I didn’t even know what half of these vegetables were. But your photographs made them look so appetizing. Very informative!

  7. I’m a local and yet I didn’t know such a dish existed! I have to agree with everyone else, your photos look amazing! If Dinengdeng tastes as good as your photos look, then it’s definitely a must-have!

  8. Thanks for sharing the recipe. My husband always wants vegetables during our meals, and I always look for new recipes to cook, this is really helpful 🙂

  9. My aunt who’s here in PH for a 3 week vacay would definitely love this Pinoy food! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Peachy. 🙂

    1. Isa iyan sa mga ilocano dishes na favorite ko..Mas gusto ko sya kasi bagoong isda nilalagay himdi alamang tapos may partners pang fish sarap talaga mommy..Nakakamiss

  10. Every time na nakikita ko ‘to naglalaway ako. I love dinengdeng, yun lang hindi ako marunong magluto nito. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll try it soon.

  11. I think I tasted this dish somewhere, I just can’t remember where :)) Thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

  12. Your pictures are gorgeous, makes me miss it more. The last time I ate and tasted it was like “48 yrs ago” when I’m still working at Luzon. Tagal na!
    Good thing you have your recipe, might wanna try this 🙂 Thanks 🙂

  13. I grew up in an ilokano household, so lagi ako nakakakain nito! But yours is truly appetizing! Love the pictures!

  14. It’s my first time to hear the recipe name Dinengdeng and oooh this looks so delish! Nakakagutom talaga tingnan. Perfect reminder for me to take a break muna dito sa computer at kumain. Haha Nomnom! 😀

  15. I’m pretty sure this isnt the first time Im hearing about Dinengdeng … it’s just that the image in my head is different compared to the photo of the Dinengdeng on this post. I like how it sounds so local and it reminds me of Bulanglang, talagang Pinoy na Pinoy. I have yet to try this.

  16. Have not heard of Dinengdeng before this, to be honest. Thanks for sharing.. 🙂 Looking forward to more recipes from u!

    ps: Your layout looks good 🙂

  17. Can I just have a taste of the fish? lol looks delicious for someone who loves veggie dishes hehe. Oh and yes I love your blog’s layout. It looks clean and fresh 😀

  18. i have to admit im not very familiar with the cuisine in the Philippines but that fish look soo delicious! you take very nice pictures

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I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →






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