If you watched the Disney Movie Ratatouille and you wonder how it tastes then you have to try cooking Pinakbet because this is the Filipino version of the French dish Ratatouille. Pinakbet is also known as pakbet, it is an indigenous Filipino dish that originated in the northern region of the Philippines. In the Ilocos region, they use “bagoong” or fermented fish while in the southern part of Luzon, they use “bagoong alamang” or shrimp paste, both taste good.
Pinakbet is made up of mixed vegetables like squash, okra, bitter melon, string beans, eggplant and others. Filipinos love to plant fruits, vegetables and spices so it’s easy to find most of these veggies in their backyard. You can also go to the market and buy a plastic full of mixed vegetables ready for pakbet. It tastes best with chicharon and fried cubed pork.
Now, we’re going to cook the Tagalog Version of Pinakbet:
¼ pork belly, sliced in cubes
3 tablespoon Cooking oil
3 chopped tomato
1 chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons shrimp paste
1 bitter melon, seeds removed and sliced
8 pieces okra, each sliced diagonally into 3
1 eggplant, cut into pieces (diagonally)
2 cups squash, diced or sliced
1 bunch string beans sliced into 4 parts
1 cup water
Salt to taste
- Heat the cooking oil in a pan and sauté garlic and onion until light brown.
- Add pork and cook until golden brown
- Add tomatoes, shrimp paste and salt to taste
- Add the vegetables and then mix together.
- Pour water (mix well) then cover and simmer for 15 minutes in a medium heat or until vegetables are half cooked (check for its doneness by poking it with a toothpick).
- Serve hot with rice.
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