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Complete with vitamins A, C, E, calcium, and more!

A highly underrated, underappreciated, humble plant, the malunggay or moringa is one that carries within it a whole lot of nutrients – vitamin A, C, E, calcium, potassium etc, – that one can benefit in more ways than one.

Despite it’s slow rise to fame, it comes as no surprise that malunggay has made its way into our food – from our bread, our soups, and even our pastas. It’s a plant that one can virtually put in everything and can easily be masked with the flavors of the dishes it’s in.

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If you’re in need of a boost of nutrients or have developed an affinity for this plant, here are ten noteworthy malunggay dishes, drinks, and desserts served at restaurants that you can order for when you want your lunch/dinner out to be not-so sinful.

Malunggay Lasagna

Where to Try It: The Vegetarian Kitchen

Serving up all things veggie-centric including vegan options inspired by dishes from all over the world, at The Vegetarian Kitchen you’ll surely get your daily amount of greens with their appetizers and mains.

Malunggay Lasagna
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62B Mother Ignacia Ave, Quezon City
(02) 355-5622

Malunggay Coconut Mash

Where to Try It: Berde

Berde is a restaurant that offers wholesome rice bowls with Filipino ingredients which are sourced locally. Choose from their set meals or make-your-own-bowl option!

Manok Out Bowl from Berde Bowls
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Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati Ave, Salcedo Village, Bel-Air, Makati
(02) 728-5046

Malunggay Mozzarella Dip

Where to Try It: Aracama

A Filipino restaurant serving homegrown Filipino dishes inspired by Chef Fernando Arcama’s Negrense roots, Arcama aims to not only offer filling mains but at night, offers house special cocktails and other alcoholic beverages.

Malunggay Dip from Aracama
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Unit C The Fort Entertainment Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 519-6815 | (0917) 874-7738

Malunggay Pestocino

Where to find it: 7107 Culture + Cuisine Restaurant

7107 Culture + Cuisine is a Filipino restaurant who serves contemporary regional specialties from our islands’ best.

Malunggay Pestocino from 7107  Culture + Cuisine Restaurant
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G/F Treston International College, University Parkway District, 32nd St cor C-5 Rd, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0917) 807-8023

Malunggay Pesto Cream Pasta

Where to find it: Tsoko Nut Batirol

Serving up affordable Pinoy dishes with their specialties mostly being their chocolate desserts and drinks, Tsoko Nut Batirol is the place to go to if you’re in the mood for some contemporary takes on regional and national delicacies.

Malunggay Pesto Cream Pasta from Tsoko Nut Batirol
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Malunggay Pandesal

Where to find it: Sear Steak Scullery

Sear Steak Scullery is a Western-themed restaurant that offers a full-service semi-fine dining experience and Asian influenced dishes. Their complimentary bread that comes with cilantro butter, in particular, is a must try!

Malunggay Pandesal from Sear Steak Scullery
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2/F 238 Banawe cor Panalturan St., Manresa, Quezon City
(02) 351-3562 | (0922) 818-9031

Malunggay Brioche

Where to Find It: Gallery by Chele

Formerly called Gallery VASK, Gallery by Chele is a modern restaurant that uses local ingredients to give their diners an extensive offering of tasting menus and ala carte options featuring dishes inspired by the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region.

Moringa Brioche from Gallery by Chele
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5/F Clipp Center Building, 11th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0917) 546-1673 | (02) 218 – 3895

Malunggay Ice Cream

Where to Find It: The Buzzz Ice Cream

Serving up ice cream made with organic ingredients and wrapped in a home-made cassava cone, at The Buzzz Ice Cream, you can satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling guilty about it.

Malunggay Ice Cream from Bohol Bee Farm Resort and Restaurant
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Dao, Panglao Islang, 6339 Bohol
(038) 510 1822

Malunggay Cookies

Where to Find it: The Blue Kitchen

Offering snacks, sweet treats, and savory eats, The Blue Kitchen’s offers are sure to satisfy whatever craving you have with their small bites in a jar that go great on their own or on top of your favorite meals.

Malunggay Cookies from the Blue Kitchen
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LG/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati
(02) 898-0931

Moringa Banana Smoothie

Where to Find it: Thirsty Turtle

The brainchild of a group of students from DLSU for their entrepreneurship thesis, Thirsty Turtle serves fresh fruit and vegetables for your healthy and ‘diet’ days.

Fun fact: With Booky, you can get Buy 1 Get 1 Moringa Banana Smoothie for only ₱115!
Moringa Banana Smoothie from Thirsty Turtle
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