How to Make Pinakbet (Vegetable Stew)

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How to Make Pinakbet (Vegetable Stew)

Pinakbet is another Filipino dish. Actually, it is a popular Ilocano dish (people from Northern Luzon like my father) made with mixed vegetables and anchovy. But some people don't like anchovy and they use shrimp paste. And if you don't like shrimp paste either, don't worry you can use fish sauce! Today, I'm going to show you my own version. And here's what you need for this dish!


  • 1/4 kilo pork or fish (fry it first)
  • 1 medium size ampalaya (bittermelon) seeded and
  • sliced
  • 2 medium sized eggplants sliced
  • 6 pieces okra sliced
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup squash seeded and sliced
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 2 tablespoons anchovy/ shrimp paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • *You can add this kind of vegetables if you want: Sigarilyas (winged beans), squash blossoms, and morning glory.


1. In a large pan, cook pork until lightly crisp and set aside.
2. In the same pan, saute garlic, tomato and onion and put the fried pork. Then add water and let it simmer for 2 minutes.
3. Add anchovy/ shrimp paste and give it a little stir.
4. Add the squash and bittermelon and let it simmer for 5 minutes until it is tender. Then add all the remaining vegetables and season it with salt and pepper.
5. Let it cook for 5 more minutes then it is ready to serve!
6. Served with steamed rice and some fried pork or fish! Enjoy!

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