Easy Utan Bisaya (Law-Uy)

Utan Bisaya is a Filipino vegetable soup. Locals from the Visayas and those of Visayan heritage can enjoy Easy Utan Bisaya, a vegetable soup that is made from the freshest vegetables and boiled in water. It’s similar to bungling, another popular vegetable soup.

We have to give thanks to the Visayans for providing us with some of our favorite hearty meat dishes. Cebuano’s favorite Lechon is a favorite food at many celebrations throughout the country. Chicken Inasal can be enjoyed at both homes and at many popular restaurants. The Pork Humba is a must-try!

Cebuanos and Hiligaynons, Boholanos, and other Visayan folks have been some of our favorite protein powerhouses. Utan Bisaya is a stark contrast to the heavier, more hearty meat meals that we are used to. Utan Bisaya is literally “Vegetables Visayan Style” and it boasts a variety of vegetables that you can easily grow right in your own backyard. Making Utan Bisaya is easy and inexpensive. This soup is easy to make by boiling the vegetables in water. It’s a healthy and delicious broth!

Easy Utan Bisaya (Law-Uy)

Today’s Utan Bisaya is the simplest I have ever made. You can add any type of meat or fish to this recipe, but it does not require any. The dish is flavored with Knorr Shrimp Cube. You can add fish or any other protein ingredient to the dish if you wish.

How to Make Easy Utan Bisaya

It is very easy to make Utan Bisaya. This is a simplified version of the original recipe.

Chopping your vegetables is the most important step in preparing Utan Bisaya. There are many of them! Utan Bisaya vegetables include eggplant, ginger, lemongrass, and spinach. This is an amazing (and extremely nutritious) list!

Utan Bisaya requires more than just the cooking process. It also involves extensive preparation. This is what you will need to do before you start cooking.

  • Slice an eggplant (talong).
  • 2 thumbs ginger (luya), to crush
  • Cut the okra in half
  • Tie the lemongrass (tanglad), into knots.
  • Cube 2 cups squash (kalabasa).
  • Each string bean should be cut into 1 1/2 cups.

You can fry fish before adding it to your dish. Butterfish is my favorite!

It sounds daunting, doesn’t it? Although the actual cooking process of Utan Bisaya is quick, it can take a while to prepare. It’s worth it!

Simple Utan Bisaya recipe

Let’s get started with Easy Utan Bisaya. In a saucepan, boil 2 cups of water. Add ginger and lemongrass. Cover the pot. These should boil for five minutes. This will allow the flavors to extract.

After boiling, I remove the lemongrass and add the vegetables that require more time to cook like squash and taro. These vegetables should be cooked for five minutes.

After 5 minutes is up, add Knorr Shrimp Cube. Cook for another 3 minutes. After the 5 minutes are up, add the Knorr Shrimp Cube and continue cooking for 3 minutes. This is to ensure that your spinach doesn’t overcook or wilt in the pot. Mix the vegetables in the pot. Add the water to cover the vegetables. Allow your Utan Bisaya to cook another 7 minutes or until the vegetables are more tender.

After 7 minutes, add the spinach to the pot and season it with salt. Keep the pot covered and turn off the stovetop heat. The residual heat will allow your spinach to cook for approximately one minute.

Transfer the Utan Bisaya With Gata into a serving bowl. Serve it with individual soup bowls or warm cups of rice. Enjoy!

Did you like this Utan Bisaya With Gata Recipe? Tell us what you think!


    • 3/4 lb squash
    • 2 pieces of taro
    • 1 Piece Knorr Shrimp Cube
    • Ginger 4 thumbs
    • 2 stalks of lemongrass
    • 1 piece Chinese eggplant sliced
    • 10 pieces string beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
    • 12 pieces okra
    • 2 cups spinach
    • 3 1/2 cups water
    • Salt and ground black pepper are two of the best ways to make it taste.


      • Boil water in an ovenproof saucepan. Add ginger and lemongrass. Cook for five minutes.
      • Add the taro and squash. Continue boiling for 5 to7 minutes.
      • Take out the lemongrass. Add string beans, okra, and eggplant. Mix well. Continue cooking for 7 more minutes.
      • Add Knorr Shrimp Cube. Mix well and let cook for 3 minutes.
      • Add spinach. Cook for 2 minutes.
      • Season with salt, ground black pepper, and olive oil.
      • Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Serve.
      • Enjoy sharing!
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