Pinakbet (Filipino Vegetable Stew)

Pinakbet which originally an Ilokano dish, is a vegetable stew that can be served as an everyday dish or even in gatherings. Since it also contains pork or prawns, you can eat it as a one-pot meal to go with steamed hot rice. Its basic components generally consisted of squash, long beans, ampalaya (bittergourd), okra, eggplant, patis (fish sauce) or bagoong (shrimp paste), I use both patis & sauteed bagoong and a nice bit of fatty pork or prawns, whatever is available.  For some all they do with these ingredients is throw them in a pot with a bit of water, bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes or until tender. Easy right? But mine I do the usual sauteing of garlic, onion, tomatoes, bagoong and pork before adding all other vegetables.

My hubby’s fondness with “pinakbet” made me put this dish on my list as one of my regular menus for the month. I mean I only cook this once or twice a month so he would have some cravings for the dish, that at least he would be able to withstand eating it for dinner and lunch as well on the next day for his “baon”…lol! Hitting two meals in one dish saves me of thinking much of what to cook.



  • 1/2 lb pork, thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg plant, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized bittergourd, chopped
  • 1 lb squash, chopped into 2×1 inch cubes
  • 1 piece large tomato, sliced
  • 1 piece onion, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 8 to 10 pieces okra
  • 1 bunch string beans, cut in 3 inches length
  • 4 tbsp shrimp paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil or olive Oil
  • fish sauce, maggi magic sarap & msg. to taste

Cooking Procedure

  1. Heat the pan and put the cooking oil.
  2. When oil is hot enough, saute the garlic, onion and tomato.
  3. Add the pork and cook until color turns light brown (about 5 to 8 minutes)
  4. Put-in the shrimp paste and cook for 2 minutes if  pre-cooked, longer time is needed when shrimp paste is uncooked.
  5. Add water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until pork is tender
  6. Put-in the squash and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until texture becomes soft
  7. Add the remaining vegetables and mix with seasonings like fish sauce, maggi magic sarap & msg. to taste.  Simmer for 5 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked. (Do not overcook the vegetables)
  8. Serve hot with steamed white rice. Share and Enjoy!

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