Laswa is simple to prepare and the vegetable ingredients has to be fresh.  The flavors of the fresh mixed vegetables go together with the shrimp that’s why this soup is flavorful and delicious.  Alugbati or Kulitis, Okra, Kalabasa and Saluyot are a must ingredients for this  soup and whatever vegetables that are in season.


Bring the water to a boil

Add the fresh Shrimp

Once the fresh Shrimp turns pinkish, add the Okra then after two minutes add the Squash.

When the Squash start to slightly fork tender, add the String beans and Eggplant

Add  half sachet of Magic Sarap ( optional ) then add salt to taste or Patis

Turn off the heat then add your leafy vegetables, they will get cooked by the residual heat so it won’t get overcooked.

Serve Laswa immediately with Fried fish.


  • 1/8 kilo diced Kalabasa ( Squash)
  • 1/4 kilo Alugbati ( Malabar Spinach ) or Kulitis ( Native Spinach )
  • 3 pcs Okra cut into wedges
  • 5 pcs Sitaw or Balatong ( String Beans ) cut into 2 inches
  • 1/4 kilo fresh Shrimp, shell intact
  • 1 pc Talong ( Eggplant ), sliced
  • Salt to taste or Fish Sauce ( Patis )
  • 2 cloves garlic, pound
  • 1 Magic Sarap sachet ( optional )
  • 6 cups of water
Serves 3
40 Minutes

One Response to “Laswa”

  1. what is your alternative ingredient for magic sarap?

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