Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pinakbet / Pakbet Recipe

Pinakbet/ Pakbet Recipe
( Mj's Recipe )

Pinakbet or pakbet is an indigenous Filipino dish from the northern regions of the Philippines. Pinakbet is made from mixed vegetables steamed in fish or shrimp sauce.[1] The word is the contracted form of the Ilokano word pinakebbet, meaning "shrunk" or "shriveled".
( source:wikipedia )

 Hello Everyone! Another awesome recipe that I'm sharing this weekend and also one of my favorite. Pinakbet or Pakbet prepared by my friend MJ. She always make me Pinakbet everytime I asked for it. Lucky Me! Mj is like 10 minutes away from my house and we always hang out together. She also have a garden on the back on her house filled with all the vegetables staple for making Pinakbet. When its summertime, we have a lot of vegetables to choose from her garden.
There's a lot of variations of making this dish and they all taste delicious. I love Mj's recipe because of its own delicious characteristics and I'm happy to get her recipe and share it here on my blog. This is very popular dish in the Philippines and also this dish is so forgiving that you can adjust every ingredients according to your liking. C'mon let's start making Pinakbet/ Pakbet. YUM!

-the quantity of the ingredients depends on how many guest eating the dish.
-Adjust the taste according to your preference

long beans/ Chinese beans
chopped onion
shrimp paste
chopped pork belly
salt and pepper 

1.) Prepare all the ingredients by cutting all the vegetables into desired pieces. Set aside.
2.) Put cooking oil into a large skillet, Let it stand for couple minutes. Add the chopped garlic and onion and sauteed until translucent.
3.) Add the chopped pork and let it brown. Add the vegetables in order squash first then add the rest after 5 minutes. ( - other vegetables have different cooking time like eggplant, beans and okra to avoid over cooked)
4.) Add little water if you need to, put the shrimp paste and let it stand for couple minutes. Once the vegetables are cooked. Give it a taste, add salt and pepper if you need to. 
5.) ENJOY! the Pinakbet with rice and friends company.


  1. i love the okra in pinakbet the best! :)

  2. Nice :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing your pinakbet recipe. Now I have a blog to follow to learn cooking. :-)

    1. Once you start to love cooking you gonna keep doing it. :)

  4. Perfect presentation. I love pinakbet. I remember when I was young I don't like to eat that because of ampalaya. But now I love it to pieces. My only issue is that I don't know how to identify a not so bitter ampalaya.

    1. Same here, but now I'm really into it, kakaloka how things change. Get the darker green color ampalaya and not to much kulubot, just scrap really good the inside cavity to lessen the betterness, tapos you can also squeeze the ampalaya with salt to get much liquid out of it. Thank you, Sis:)

  5. Pinakbet is one of my great loves (My parents are ilokano) although like Jhari, I don't care much for amplaya hehe

    1. Ilokano pinakbet is the best! Although haven't taste one. I wouldn't care about ampalaya either, sometimes it takes out the good taste of the dish. I would say like less ampalaya the better.

  6. I just had this yesterday. I need to practice cooking now before I get married. Haha

    1. Hehehhe I agree, you know what you will learn in no time.:) thanks!

  7. With an Ilocano descendants, I really love this one especially with fried rice.

  8. Sarap!!! That's the way I cook pinakbet too. :) l learned it from my flatmates before.

  9. Oh my gosh, I love pinakbet! When I was pregnant, this is the only thing I would eat. Now, I'm craving!

  10. Oh my gosh, I love pinakbet! When I was pregnant, this is the only thing I would eat. Now, I'm craving!

  11. The dish looks super yummy. Must try it out one of these days.

  12. I love pinakbet, especially if the ampalaya (bitter-gourd) is really bitter. That way, it blends well with the fish paste. Yum!

  13. I missed pinakbet na. I love it with malunggay fruits and camote or sweet potatoes, with lots of crispy fried pork. Yeah, I prefer pork over fish :)

    Mommy Maye


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