Abraw o inabraw (vegetables stewed in fish paste)

Main Dish
4 servings
25 min
45 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
2 bundles of bulaklak ng kalabasa

trimmed and stigma removed

2 bundles of saluyot

young leaves selected

2 bundles of dahon ng malungay,

young leaves selected and

1 medium patola, peeled and cut to 2 inches sticks.

The other ingredients :

2 tablespoons fresh bagoong or fish paste,

about 2 pieces grilled (or fried)

small fish of your choice

2 to 3 cups water.


  • In a medium casserole, heat the water until briskly boiling. Add in bagoong and simmer for a minute.
  • Stain the broth and discard solid particles. Bring the casserole back in the heat and continue simmering.
  • Scoop out scum that will form on the surface. Add in grilled fish and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add in vegetables; saluyot leaves first, followed by patola, then by bulaklak ng kalabasa and finally the malungay leaves. Put the lid back on and continue simmering for a couple of minutes more.
  • Uncover, smell the aroma and be ready to be transformed. Taste the broth and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.
  • Transfer in deep bowls and serve immediately.


Abraw o Inabraw (Vegetables Stewed in Fish Paste), photo 1
Abraw o Inabraw (Vegetables Stewed in Fish Paste), photo 2
Abraw o Inabraw (Vegetables Stewed in Fish Paste), photo 3




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