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How to Make Dinengdeng: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

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How to make dinengdeng: A Filipino-inspired dish

How to make dinengdeng: A Filipino-inspired dish

My short vacation with relatives allowed me to discover and eat local dishes. Most of their ingredients were harvested straight from the farm, which made most of our meals special. As a chef, eating a dish with fresh ingredients is more enjoyable than any expensive foods.

Dinengdeng is a native dish in the Ilocos Region of the Philippines. This dish consists of any vegetables with fried or grilled fish simmered in fermented fish sauce. There are so many variations of this dish, though mine is quite simple as I used only five ingredients. Check out my recipe below for my own version of how to make dinengdeng, a Filipino-inspired dish.


  • 125 grams jute
  • 8 pieces small bitter melon, sliced
  • 3 slices yellow fin tuna, fried
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup fermented fish sauce
  • salt, for cooking the fish
  • pepper, for cooking the fish
  • water, for cooking the dish


For the Ingredients:

  • 1 Tray
  • 1 Medium Bowl
  • 2 Small Bowls
  • Knife
  • Chopping Board

For Cooking the Dish:

1. For the Fish:

  • Frying Pan
  • Turner Spatula

2. For the Dinengdeng:

  • Pot
  • Cooking Spoon

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

50 min

1 hour



  1. Season and fry the fish. Set aside.
  2. Bring water to boil.
  3. Add garlic, bitter melon and fermented fish sauce. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Put in jute and fried yellow fin tuna. Allow it to boil.
  5. Serve while still hot.
Bitter Melon and Jute

Bitter Melon and Jute

How to Lessen the Bitterness of Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd

  1. Remove the seeds.
  2. Scrape off the outer layer.
  3. Rub salt on each slice of the bitter melon.
  4. Wash it with water to remove the juice.

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