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Dumaguete Express

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Dumaguete Express is a Filipino dish prepared with fish, prawns, and squid in savoury coconut milk sauce served with strips of fresh coconut and malunggay and topped with crispy pork.


Units Scale
  • 350 g small squid, cleaned and sliced
  • 350 g white flesh fish (snapper, grouper, hapuka, monkfish), cubed
  • 350 g prawns, shelled
  • 1 cup young coconut meat, cut into strips
  • 1/2 packed cup malunggay / moringa leaves
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 3 pcs green chillies, chopped
  • 2 small shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 thumb-sized ginger, sliced
  • fish sauce
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • lechon kawali, to top


  1. In a wok add oil heat to medium-high then quickly pan fry prawns and squid in batches, each batch would take around a minute. Remove the prawns and squid then set it aside.
  2. Using the same wok add more oil if needed then sauté garlic, shallots, and ginger.
  3. Pour coconut milk and coconut water then bring to a boil. Simmer in low heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the fish, malunggay leaves, coconut meat and tomatoes, continue to cook for 5 minutes in medium high heat.
  5. Add the precooked squid and prawns, also add the coconut meat, green chillies then season with fish sauce. Simmer for 2 more minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper then serve topped with chopped lechon kawali.