BULANGLANG: A Filipino Vegetable Dish

Pronounced as ‘Bu-lang-lang’.

Before I knew that this dish really exists in Philippines, this has been a part of our table for as long as I can remember. I thought that my Mom just got bored with all the dishes with coconut milk so she came up with this idea. It’s been a long time since I have not eaten this dish. There was a time that I was the one who got tired of dishes with coconut milk as I have been eating the same for how many weeks – I meant dishes with coconut milk. When I went out to buy some vegetables for dinner, the dish that my Mom used to cook suddenly appeared in my head. Still, I was not aware that this dish has a name. I bought the vegetables I wanted and some fish to be fried.


It was funny that when I came across Google to find some Filipino dishes, I found an image almost the same as the dish I cooked. I clicked on it and that’s when I found out about Bulanglang.

Bulanglang Recipe (Vegetable Dish with Clear Soup)


  • 2 cups squash, sliced
  • 1 cup eggplant, sliced
  • 1 cup long beans, sliced
  • 4 large tomatoes, sliced into wedges
  • 1 large onion, sliced into wedges
  • 3 thumb-size ginger, sliced
  • 1 cup greens ( you may use Moringa leaves), I used water spinach
  • 4 to 6 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste
  • Fried fish and cooked white rice


  1. Put all ingredients in a large pot and let all vegetables cook for 10 minutes or until all are tender.
  2. Do some taste test and you’re done.
  3. Serve with fried fish and white rice.

Please note that the cooking time will depend on how large or small you cut your vegetables. Make sure they are not overcooked. You can also add other vegetable of your choice like Okra and Luffa. I just used the veggies mentioned above because those are really my favorite veggies when cooking vegetables with soup or coconut milk. 



This dish looks very simple and easy to cook; but it’s so delicious and healthy as well. This goes very well with white rice and fried fish… and let me mention that the best fish, personally, is fried King Fish. So bad that when I decided to take a photo and put it on my blog, there was no available King Fish and instead bought another fish. Nonetheless, I still loved my very delicious meal. I even cooked another batch after this! 🙂

Hope you could try this and let me know. Enjoy the rest of the weekend! 🙂

28 thoughts on “BULANGLANG: A Filipino Vegetable Dish

  1. Hi Jhuls! What a great recipe and nice image you have here! It made this authentic Filipino dish even more delicious and appetizing.!

    Jhuls, can we repost your recipe along with the images at our food blog FilipinoFoodsRecipes.Com ? I will make sure that proper credits for your blog and your name will be given via links as the original or main source.

    Thanks so much and looking forward to your kind and positive reply.

    1. Thank you for this message and for the nice words. 🙂 Sure, you can repost my photos. In that way, I can also share the recipes I have to more people. Looking forward to see my photos on your blog. 🙂

  2. Wow I can’t pronounce the name but it looks like one hell of a healthy meal. What kind of fish is that? Thanks for liking and promoting my soup here…how nice of you. You’re rather quiet. Have you had lunch? Have a lovely evening!

    1. I know you can pronounce it but I think it will be a bit slang, haha! I think the fish is something like Mackerel. Yes, I am already done with my lunch, thanks for asking. That’s so thoughtful. 🙂

    2. Oh! Sorry! I forgot about that statement about me being quiet. I’ve been very busy at the kitchen from Thursday evening and Friday afternoon. I spent about 10 hours in baking, steaming and cooking, haha! And I spent my Saturday running some errands. Only today I finally had my rest. You noticed, huh? Thanks a lot, Liz!

      1. Of course I noticed. Ten hours in baking? that a lot of baking. Are we going to see some of those fresh bakes in the blog. I hope so. I look forward to your next post. I am going to bed right now..talk to you tomorrow. Best wishes!

        1. Yes! Some of them are requested by my friends – those Chocolate Crinkles and Banana Muffins recipe I have on my blog. Banana Muffins are the most requested. 10 hours of baking and that includes the cleaning and doing the dishes, haha. I also did some ‘steamed’ Filipino dessert/snack with the 10 hours and I will blog about that. 🙂 I baked/steamed 5 kinds. Enjoy your cup of tea when you wake up, Liz. 🙂

      2. I have just finished my steaming cup of coffee. I look forward to seeing this things posted on you blog. Have a wonderful evening. It’s you turn to sleep and my turn to enjoy the day!

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