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Green Leafy Bulanglang

small4Bulanglang (vegetable stew) is a Filipino vegetarian recipe. It is a native dish of the province of Batangas but is also popular throughout the Philippines. Bulanglang requires just some of the basic vegetable ingredients such as green papaya, squash, okra, and malunggay or moringa leaves.


The usual Bulanglang only requires boiling the vegetables in water that was used to wash the rice, with ginger, garlic, and then simply seasoned with salt.  In other versions of Bulanglang however, bagoong or fermented fish sauce is used to add more flavor to the dish.  Fried or grilled fish is also sometimes included.


If you are looking for a quick vegetarian recipe to serve to your family, then you can try making Bulanglang in your own home. Its so simple and fast you can almost prepare  it with eyes closed. Try out this simple dish and let me know what you think!






  • 1 piece small green papaya, sliced
  • 2 cups squash, sliced
  • 3 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 10 pieces small okra
  • 1 cup malunggay (moringa) leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
  • 1 thumb ginger, chopped



  • 4 to 6 cups rice washing (the water used to wash or clean rice)
  • lemon grass (optional)
  • salt to taste




Boil the rice washing for 3-5 minutes.


Add garlic, ginger, and lemongrass. Let it boil for 5-10 minutes.


Remove the lemongrass, then add the papaya and squash until they are tender.


Add tomatoes and okra. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.


Put-in the malunggay leaves. Cook for a minute.


Season soup with salt and stir. Turn the heat off.


Transfer in a serving bowl and that’s it!


Enjoy Bulanglang!


Bulanglang with fried fish on the side

Bulanglang with fried fish on the side




Tita Kathy’s tip:


If you cannot find Moringa leaves, replace this with spinach, or kangkong (swamp cabbage) leaves. You can also use watercress as a substitute. Until next time!



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