Pinakbet or Pakbet (Meat Vegetable Stew with Shrimp Paste)

Filipino Pinakbet

Pinakbet or Pakbet is a vegetable Filipino recipe that my hubby loves to eat. He’s the type of person who likes to eat any kind of food recipes that contain vegetables.

Growing up until I met my husband, I am very picky when it comes with vegetables in my diet. My husband encourage me to eat vegetables until I Slowly learned to appreciate and love the taste of vegetables like this filipino pinakbet.

I remember when we are still dating, he always choose food dishes with vegetables in our restaurant dinner. He didn’t know that I’m picky with veggies but I just force myself to ate them or else I’ll get hungry. It sounds funny but its true. Being with him and the type of food he eats, I have no choice but to learn to love vegetable dishes like this Pinakbet.

Learning on things that my husband loves especially on foods is what I’ve improved most. As the saying goes- “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. Here in Canada, I’ve learn more vegetables recipes because any ingredient mention in a recipe book you can buy and affordable.

Here’s some of the Filipino food dish that I like: Pork Chopsuey, Repolyo Guisado (Sautéed Cabbage)Togue Guisado (Sautéed Bean Sprouts), and Sayote Guisado (Sautéed Chayote) .

Thank God that there are Asian stores near our place where we can find some of our vegetables grown back home and of course I use alternative if I can’t find one.

Ingredients :

  • 1/2 lb. pork, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 squash, cubed
  • 2 cups sliced okra
  • 2 cups 1-1/2 inch long cut sitaw (yard long beans)
  • 2 eggplants, sliced
  • ampalaya (bitter gourd and/or bitter melon), sliced
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cup water
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. bagoong alamang (salted shrimp paste)
(Kitchen Measurements)

Cooking Procedures :

  1. In a large, deep skillet (or casserole), heat oil over medium heat. Cook pork until it turns slightly brown.
  2. Stir in garlic, onions and tomatoes. Sauté for a few minutes until tomatoes wilted.
  3. Add squash and okra, stir-fry for a minute or two and then add the rest of the vegetables. Gently stir to combine.
  4. Pour in water and add the bagoong alamang, and bring to a boil.
  5. Lower the heat and simmer covered over low heat until vegetables are tender. Be sure not to overcook it. You may wish to correct the taste by adding a little bit of bagoong alamang. Gently stir to blend.
  6. Immediately remove from heat. Transfer to a serving dish. Serve hot.

My Recipe Rating is 5 out of 5 stars: with 23 comment review(s)

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23 Responses to “Pinakbet or Pakbet (Meat Vegetable Stew with Shrimp Paste)”

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  1. Terry says:

    Though I have not cooked pinakbet, I love the taste and know how to cook it, which I did in my homeland.

    I happened to give my comment to one of the family member in Phil. to share her the right cooking Pinakbet.

    Also, thanks that shares to us Filipinos all over the world the know how and the good cuisine we have.

  2. Dodge says:

    Naimas, yes. What i love about pinakbet or dinengdeng is that it is basically a vegetable dish and just about any group of vegetables will work. For those that are true vegetarians you can do without the meat and bagoong or shrimp sauce and just use salt. Don’t use soy sauce as it gives a truely different taste. Of course you can’t beat the taste that the bagoong gives to the dish but use of salt instead does work. Pinakbet can also be made with fish or shrimp or prawns. Pork is the usual meat used.

  3. Grace says:

    MMmmmm…the best ang pinakbet lalo na pag BAGNET ilagay na ksma mga vegetable 🙁

  4. totot says:

    mas masarap talga ang pakbet ng ilokano,tama no squash at hindi masabaw

  5. melannie says:

    my hubby loves pinakbet…hes a german by the way….

  6. cacolibri says:

    Thanks for this reciped. This is the kind of pinakbet I was looking for…there are so many versions out there. My fiancé will be doing the cooking.

  7. sweet karla says:

    i think eliz is pertaining to the real bagoong which contains little salted fish,the bagoong alamang contains little shrimps..hehe

  8. sweet karla says:

    i never thougth i’d learn to love this kind of dish..”pinakbet”
    when i was juz a little kid i thot this wouldn’t taste juz like heaven coz it luks lyk a whirlwind of not so good looking vegies..
    but things change.. 🙂

  9. eliz says:

    agee with michael estaRADA.. and I think the original pakbet (and there’s a way to pronounce the word correctly the ilokano way^^) is cooked with bagoong isda (simply bagoong in ilokano) and no squash. i’m an ilokana =D

  10. Tony says:

    haist.. .missed our pakbet..i’ll gonna cook this when i get home tonight!

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  12. mhavic says:

    yummyyy? my mum is the best chef to cook this pakbet. this is the one of my favorite food, everytime i back to my home town i always ask my mum to cook pinakbet,, my favorite good for your health

  13. nika says:

    im hungry.! i hate this! hahaha.. im longing for this food..

  14. bobet says:

    before i always add bagoong to my pakbet but i tried something new like knorr cubes and tastes good..

  15. Eleno D. Narvasa says:

    I love vegetables, I will try cooking your pakbet. Well, I will try cooking pakbet for myself and my children.

  16. Chloe says:

    I am a new mom.. new wife .. and ready to cook all kinds.. and one of which is PAKPET… hmm yummy

  17. Ann devahastin says:

    i love this food ,i try to cook this food ,

  18. peps says:

    Thank you for all the recipes. May GOD Bless your site…

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  21. Remedios Pehla says:

    I am an ilocana daughter living here in Germany an so glad vegetables are available although expensive.The best to use in cooking pinakbet is fish sauce (bagoong na isda )and grilled fish with alot of tomatoes,My husband loves bitter melons (small ones ) very much

  22. REd Navarro says:

    HMMMmm…I miss this food so much. . .I’ve got enough with hotdogs and eggs…I wish I could have one within this week….Coz I am getin sick with processed and canned foods.

  23. Anne says:

    I think vegetables are very important for healthy life. I hope my daughters will enjoy this recipe. I have written some similar recipe recently. Thanks for sharing.

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