Utan

Utan or Utan Bisaya is a vegetable soup dish popular in the Visayan region, commonly it consists different vegetables like malunggay leaves, okra, squash, taro, vine spinach (alugbati), eggplants, snake beans (sitaw), ginger and tomatoes cooked together with either pork, fish or shrimps.

Utan


Utan or Utan Bisaya is a vegetable soup dish popular in the Visayan region, commonly it consists different vegetables like malunggay leaves, okra, squash, taro, vine spinach (alugbati), eggplants, snake beans (sitaw), ginger and tomatoes cooked together with either pork, fish or shrimps. Similar to laswa and the only difference it the vegetable used, are the ones commonly found in the Visayas.

Though we indicated the common vegetables used above, there are no real rules on what to include in this dish, it’s more of a freestyle dish mainly made of tropical vegetables readily available to you. For our recipe we will be using spinach, okra, squash and minced pork.

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Utan

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4-5 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino

Description

Utan or Utan Bisaya is a vegetable soup dish popular in the Visayan region, commonly it consists different vegetables like malunggay leaves, okra, squash, taro, vine spinach (alugbati), eggplants, snake beans (sitaw), ginger and tomatoes cooked together with either pork, fish or shrimps.


Ingredients

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  • 1 large bunch spinach
  • 1/2 small butternut squash
  • 200 g okra, sliced
  • 250 g fatty minced pork
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • fish sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil

Instructions

  1. In a pot add oil then sauté garlic, ginger and onions.
  2. Add the pork mince and cook until brown in colour.
  3. Add the chicken stock then bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the squash cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the okra and cook for 3 more minutes.
  6. Season with fish sauce and freshly ground black pepper add the spinach then simmer for one more minute, turn heat off then cover. Let spinach cook in residual heat for 2 minutes then serve.

 

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5 Responses

  1. Your pork and vegetable soup looks so comfy and delicious. It makes a great weeknight supper.

  2. Juliana says:

    This is so new to me Raymund…the vegetable soup really sounds and looks delicious with all the fatty pork and chicken broth.
    Enjoy your week 🙂

  3. Looks fabulous – Raymund – mmm delicious great winter meal.

  4. Kuincey Banac-Aricayos says:

    Hello from Hawaii!

    My papa immigrated from Bohol in the mid 1920’s and he was a excellent cook! My mom picked up his skills which I picked up from both of them. I am the youngest son/ grandson. I want to give a huge Salamat po, for this wonderful memory of ” Utan”, here in Hawaii the Visayan community is not as big as it used to be, and the language is dying. I was taught to speak and understand, but because it was embarrassing for me ( growing up in the 60’s-70’s) that I refused to really get into it. Although I do remember some. My papa Erinio Banac was also half Spanish and spoke that language fluent, due to my his mom. I am so happy I came across your page and now have your page on my home screen for easy access. I amoom9bg for the Bibingka recipe that is round and white that sits in banana leaf. That style has all but died out during the beginning of the 90’s here in Hawaii. Would you be so kind to find such recipe? Thank you!

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