What is pinakbet?
Pinakbet (also called as pakbet) is a Filipino dish that originally served as a key part of the cuisine of Ilocanos from the northern Luzon regions of the Philippines. The nutritious value of pinakbet, being mainly a vegetable-based food, has led to its wide acceptance not just in the other regions of the country but even overseas. Aside from vegetables (eg, root crops, okra, beans, etc), one of the other basic ingredients of pinakbet is bagoong or fermented fish sauce or shrimp paste; depending on the region, bagoong choices include bagoong balayan, bagoong alamang, bagoong na padas, or bagoong iloko. Related to pinakbet is the Ilocano dish called dinengdeng, which is also a vegetable-based food but with subtle differences. From its humble beginnings, pinakbet has emerged as a recognized favorite food of Pinoys all over the world. source: tvphilippines.tv
Note: Pinakbet ingredients may vary. You can cook pinakbet using different vegetables together with sauted shrimp paste or fish sauce.
Famous dish from the northern Ilocos region, where the people need to make something from their harvest. Eggplants, okra, string beans and other vegetables are stewed with their famous Ilocos fermented fish.
- 4-6 pcs malunggay fruit (remove the skin and cut to 1 1/2- 2 inches long)
- Small pcs of squash
- 1 pcs eggplants
- 1 pcs bittermelon
- 6-8 pcs of stringbeans
- 8-10 pcs of okra
- 10 stalks of kangkong
- 2 tbsp sauted shrimp paste
- 1 cup water
- 1 tomato
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- Cooking oil for frying
- 1. In a cooking pot, boil the shrimp paste in water, until dissolve.
- 2. Add the vegetables in a layer, start with tomato, onion, bittermelon, eggplant, stringbeans, malunggay fruit okra squash and garlic.
- 3. Layer the fried or grilled fish, cover and cook on high and when it starts to boil, lower the heat to simmer.
- 4. Cook for about 20-25 minutes.
- 5. Add the kangkong leaves, and simmer for few minutes.
- Pinakbet is done, when vegetables appear wrinkled.
- Do not mix the vegetables while simmering.
- Grill the fish to reduce fats.