Pakbet / Pinakbet


  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 ginger root, chopped and crushed
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • 4-5 okras
  • 1 eggplant, sliced
  • 2 cups of squash, cubed
  • 1 ampalaya, sliced into bite size pieces
  • 1 bundle of sitaw, cut by 2 ½” long
  • 2 cups of water
  • Bagoong isda or bagoong alamang
  • salt
  • cooking oil

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a deep pan, saute garlic, add with onion.
  2. Add half kilo of pork into the pan and season it with salt. Saute still until pork starts to render fat and its edges turn brown.
  3. You may then add tomatoes and crushed ginger.
  4. Mix the ingredients well for a couple of minutes, pour water then bring it to a boil.
  5. Add slices of okra, eggplants, ampalaya, sitaw and squash.
  6. Season pork and vegetables with bagoong according to your taste. Mix it well and simmer until all veggies are cooked.

Cooking tips:
The classical way of cooking Pinakbet is using bagoong isda rather than bagoong alamang. You may use the latter if you choose.

Source: Filipino Food Online
Image: Elaine Gallardo

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