Pinakbet or pakbet is a Filipino vegetable dish.
It may be cooked in several ways. In fact, I have already posted some pakbet recipes in this blog. I suppose this one right here is an improvement on my old recipes. I do improve on what I know and I am always happy to share what I learn in the kitchen with my readers.
Some use fish sauce as the base of their pinakbet dish. Others use fish paste (bagoong balayan); while others use shrimp paste (bagoong alamang). For this post, I’ll share with you how I cook pinakbet using shrimp paste.
The very thing to remember in cooking pinakbet is to have all the ingredients ready to go (as if having an assembly line) to avoid overcooking the vegetables.
It is, after all a quick and easy dish. I don’t want to cook pakbet for too long; else, the vegetables might lose they vibrant colors and texture. That is why I cook pakbet under medium to high heat.
There are staple vegetables you’d use in cooking pakbet. There’s the eggplant, green beans, ladyfingers and squash. You may put bitter gourd (ampalaya), if you like this vegetable. I totally understand if you prefer to cook without it. I know that not everyone is a fan. Also, while the squash is usually in a pakbet recipe, I tried cooking it once without the squash and it is surprisingly tasty. I would share with you a recipe in a different post.
For now, here is another way of cooking pakbet. My husband, who is very particular with his food, enjoyed this one. So Cooking Like a Pro hope you’ll like it, too.
- 5-7 cloves Garlic crushed and chopped
- 1 whole Onions cut in shreds
- 2 pieces Tomatoes cut into 68 pieces
- 200 g Ladyfingers Okra, 200g at least, cut in halves
- 300 g Squash or Pumpkin 300g at least, cut
- 300 g Green beans 300g at least, julienned
- 2 pieces Eggplant julienned
- 100 g Pork shoulders 100g at least, cut in small pieces
- ½ cup Water
- 2-3 tsp Shrimp paste
- ½ tbsp Fish sauce
- ½ Pepper to taste
- 2-3 tbsp Cooking oil
- Put oil in a heated pan.
- Saute the garlic under medium heat.
- When the garlic turns golden, put in the onions.
- When the onions turn sweaty, put in the pork.
- Fry the pork for 12-15 minutes until they are a bit burnt.
- Put in the tomatoes. Stir well.
- Season the dish with shrimp paste.
- When the tomatoes begin to soften, add in the squash.
- Add in the eggplants.
- Stir well until the flesh of the eggplants start to turn brown.
- Add in the green beans and the ladyfingers.
- Add the water.
- Continue stirring under medium heat.
- Season with fish sauce and pepper.
- When the water boils, turn off the heat.
- Do not cover. Transfer to a cool dish if it’s not yet serving time.
- Serve with hot rice and fried fish.
Here’s my simple fried tanigue (Spanish Mackerel) recipe that I served with my pinakbet recipe.
Season the tanigue with salt, pepper and garlic powder for at least 15 minutes. Fry in a pan, preferably with butter, for 4 minutes on each side under low to medium heat.
Easy,easy, easy!! Remember me when you cook!
Tips and Trick to make Pakbet
The vegetables that are used in this Filipino favorite are available year round. You can use cabbage, onions, carrots, and tomatoes. If you want to make a variation of this recipe, you can add kalabasa, grilled milkfish, and lechon kawali. Depending on the quantity, the amount of fish paste you use will depend on your preference. The meat is fried or cooked until tender.
You can also add vegetables if you want to make your pinakbet a little bit healthier. For instance, if you want to avoid red meat, you can try using chicken, turkey, or beef. The meat is typically tender and moist. For a variation that includes pork, use lechon kawali, which takes a bit longer to cook than other meats. If you’d like a slightly saltier version, add more fish paste. Once the pakbet has boiled, you can add the grilled milkfish. Be sure to allow at least two minutes for the grilled fish to be completely tender.
Pinakbet is a delicious vegetable dish that can be made in your own kitchen. Not only can you make it with your family and friends, but you can even use it as a healthy option for preparing dinner. If you’re looking for a delicious Filipino meal, try this recipe! There are no bad calories in Pinakbet, and it’s an easy dish to prepare at home. So, get started!
The main ingredients in Pinakbet are squash, shrimp, and kalabasa. The vegetables are usually added last because they take longer to cook. If you’re cooking at home, you can make this dish at home, and share it with your family and friends. Not only is it a great dish, but it’s also healthy and nutritious. You can enjoy Pinakbet any time, but this delicious recipe will be your go-to meal for many years. You can make it as often as you like.
The vegetables that you’re going to add to your Pinakbet are important. Start by chopping the pork belly, and if you’re using pork sisig, you can add it to the dish. The vegetables should be chopped, not too small or too large. You want the meat to be tender. You can also cut the bitter gourd and add the vegetables later on. Just be sure to keep the ingredients well-mixed.
If you’re looking for a healthier version of Pinakbet, try the Pinakbet recipe. This dish is made of pork, beans, and eggplant. It is commonly served with rice and shrimp. The dish is traditionally cooked in a clay pot called a “palayok.” It is flavored with shrimp paste, kalabasa, and anchovy. This traditional Filipino dish will keep you coming back for more.
This Filipino vegetable dish has a long history. It originated in the province of Ilocos in the north of the country. The vegetables used in Pakbet Recipe are grown in the back yard of every villager. This dish can be prepared any time of the year. And it is very easy to make! So, start making Pinakbet today! – A Pinakbet is a delicious dish made from mixed vegetables. It can be made from a variety of ingredients. The basic ingredients are tomatoes, bitter melon, butternut squash, and pineapple. The cooking process takes only eight steps and requires 14 ingredients.
The main ingredient in Pinakbet is pork. You can buy vegan liempo online or in specialty food markets. It is a good source of protein, and costs around P770 for 700 grams. Unlike lechon, vegan liempo can be prepared with a lot of variety of other ingredients. If you want to try the Filipino version, you can always combine it with other Filipino dishes. The resulting dish will be a delicious and authentic treat.