Vegetable soups in Filipino cuisine

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Filipino vegetable soup
Alternative namesutan, utan bisaya, law-oy, laswa, sinabawang gulay
Place of originPhilippines
Associated national cuisineFilipino cuisine
Serving temperaturehot
Main ingredientsvarious leafy vegetables
Similar dishesOkra soup

Vegetable soups in Filipino cuisine, called utan, utan bisaya, sinabawang gulay, law-oy or laswa[1][2] in various regional Philippine languages, are vegetable soups usually served with steamed rice.


The dish usually consists of leaves of Moringa oleifera (known in the Philippines as kamunggay, marunggay, balunggay and malunggay), okra, pumpkin or squash (kalabasa or calabasa), leaves of Basella alba (alugbati), the long, slender oriental variety of eggplant (talong or tawong), ginger root (luya or luy-a), tomatoes (kamatis), yard long beans (sitaw, batong or balatong), taro root (gabi), scallion (sibuyas dahon) and may contain Chinese cabbage or headed cabbage (repolyo), lemon grass (tanglad), Momordica charantia (ampalaya), young luffa (patola), unripe papaya (kapayas), and chayote (sayote).

It may also be seasoned with pork, beef, chicken, fish stock and salt. Variations of this dish may contain coconut milk. Other variations may contain fresh or dried fish (bulad or uga), shrimp, mussels or clams. In the United States where Moringa oleifera may be hard to find, clover leaves may serve as a substitute.[speculation?]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Authentic Laswa Recipe". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Ilonggo Food: Laswa Recipe". Retrieved 18 December 2017.