How to Make Dinengdeng: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

Updated on January 30, 2020
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How to Make Dinengdeng: A Filipino-Inspired Dish
How to Make Dinengdeng: A Filipino-Inspired Dish | Source

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 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.

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JuteBitter MelonFermented Fish SauceGarlicYellow Fin Tuna
Jute | Source
Bitter Melon
Bitter Melon | Source
Fermented Fish Sauce
Fermented Fish Sauce | Source
Garlic | Source
Yellow Fin Tuna
Yellow Fin Tuna | Source


  • 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

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For Preparing the IngredientsFor Measuring the Fermented Fish SauceFor Slicing the Vegetables and FishFor Frying the FishFor Cooking Dinengdeng
For Preparing the Ingredients
For Preparing the Ingredients | Source
For Measuring the Fermented Fish Sauce
For Measuring the Fermented Fish Sauce | Source
For Slicing the Vegetables and Fish
For Slicing the Vegetables and Fish | Source
For Frying the Fish
For Frying the Fish | Source
For Cooking Dinengdeng
For Cooking Dinengdeng | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 3


  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 | Source

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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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      9 months ago from Manila

      Ah yes. Jute isn't common in other countries. Maybe you could check an Asian store.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      9 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      I don't think I have already eaten Dinengdeng before but I heard a lot about this food. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I hope I can find jute here.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      2 years ago from Manila

      Hi Mary,

      This is really simple recipe. Much tim is needed for frying the fish rather than the actual cooking. Lol

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Jute was one of my favourites when I was growing up. I have heard of Dinengdend but have not really tried it. You made it so simple to prepare here.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      2 years ago from Manila

      Hi Liz,

      Thank you for your kind words. I would love to create one in the future. As I truly enjoy traveling in different places and eating local dishes.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      2 years ago from Manila

      Hi Eric,

      I agree with your point about fermented fish sauce. But it's really how they call it. Locally, they are using two different kinds of fish sauce. The typical Asian fish sauce is a product out of fermented fish drippings. While fermented fish sauce consists of fermented fish including its brining solution. The latter has stronger flavor and taste than the former.

      Are you refering to a Vietnamese Pho? Or a different local dish?

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      2 years ago from Manila

      Hi Pamela,

      Most of the ingredients are commonly found in the place. It is really flavorful, but the odor of the fermented fish maybe quite disturbing if you are not used in eating it.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      This is an interesting recipe.You could write a recipe book.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I had to look up "fermented" fish sauce. I thought all fish sauce was fermented. Ours is nước mắm and comes from Phu Quoc Island. Bitter-gourd tea is a staple for me. We use a variety of fish for this type of dish. Normally ours becomes a Pho'

      I like your style of eating. Count me in on all your dishes.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I don't have all these ingredients in my home, but could acquire them. This sounds like a unique dish and very flavorful. I love seeing your unusual recipes.


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