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My father is an Ilocano so we grew up with diningding. This Ilocano dish is, i believe, something that every Ilocano could not live without. So it is only natural for me to introduce this to my husband who is not an Ilocano. This dish is very nutritious because its ingredients are vegetables. Anyone can have diningding, all one needs to have is a pre-cooked fish, bagoong (not the one that is made of shrimps) and a set of vegetable (any kind or any number of vegetables will do). The procedure of is so simple but because of its simplicity there is a lot of room for art in it. There are a thousand and one ways of cooking diningding but the basic method is this:

The best thing to use in cooking diningding is a clay pot but of course you may use anything if you do not have a clay pot. Boil the pre-cooked (fried or grilled) fish in three or four cups of water so that it would bleed its taste on the water. After boiling for about 5 minutes put in the first batch of vegetables. I said "first batch" because the hard ones, like squash, should go first. When you feel that the first batch of vegetables are almost done put in the second batch of vegetables (the soft ones--the leaves and flowers). Then the finishing touch is the bagoong juice; add two or three tablespoons of it a minute before you take the pot out of the fire. This dish is best served hot.

I am one of the few fortunate ones who happen to have a three-year-old son who could finish one bowl of this nutritious dish. Children are know to dislike everything vegetable but my little boy likes vegetables so much :)


Steven and Aisha May 22, 2008 at 4:26 AM  

My grandfather is Ilocano but he died when I was still a baby so I really don't know him and never heard of diningding. Must be really good. Ganahan ko sa bagoong.

Lulu June 2, 2009 at 9:54 PM  

i just had diningding few days ago... i haven't eaten diningding in YEARSSS... i love this dish

Anonymous May 31, 2010 at 11:11 PM  

Finally, a traditional Ilocano Diningding recipe! Other recipes on the net use so many other ingredients - sacrilege! This is the right way to do it. Thanks!

iceah June 2, 2010 at 10:38 AM  

@Anonymous, thank you :)

isah liit

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