Utan Bisaya Recipe

This regional soup is loaded with the freshest vegetables.

Down in Visayas in the Southern Philippines, there is a boiled vegetable dish that is popular. Called utan bisaya, this vegetable soup is a simple dish that’s loaded with delicately boiled vegetables and flavored with flaked fish. If you enjoy soups that don’t mask the flavors of its ingredients, you’ll love this recipe. 

Vegetables are gently boiled for its delicate flavor in this simple but flavorful soup.
Photo by Majoy Siason


Utan Bisaya Recipe

Idge Mendiola
This regional soup is loaded with the freshest vegetables.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Soup
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4


Utan Bisaya Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 Cup squash cubed
  • 2 pieces gabi peeled, cubed
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger peeled, sliced
  • 1 Small red onion quartered
  • 3 Small tomatoes quartered
  • 10 pieces green beans (abitsuelas) sliced
  • 6 pieces okra sliced
  • 1 pieces eggplant sliced into rounds
  • 2 pieces green finger chilies (siling pangsigang) sliced
  • 1 medium patola sliced into rounds
  • 2 Pieces of freshly fried fish (tilapia or lapu-lapu)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce (patis)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Cup malunggay leaves


  • Pour water into a pot over medium-high heat. Add squash, gabi, and ginger; bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes or until almost tender.
  • Add onion, tomatoes, green beans, and okra. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add eggplant, chilies, patola, and flaked fish. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Season with fish sauce and salt. Stir in malunggay leaves. Serve hot.
Keyword Visayas, vegetable soup recipe, vegetable soup, boiled, vegetable recipes
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