Pinakbet is a dish originally from the Northern part of the Philippines but has gained popularity nationwide. It is made from mixed vegetables steamed or sauteed in fish or shrimp sauce. Based from online research, the name comes from the Ilocano word – pinakabbet which means “shrunk or shriveled” probably because the vegetables shrink and are shriveled after cooking them…but this is just my opinion.

Today, I decided to cook Pinakbet for a change because most of the time, I cook pork dishes. Sharing with you this healthy and easy-to-cook recipe.

Here are the Main Ingredients:

• ¼ Kilo Shrimp – Php 90.00
• ½ Kilo Pork kasim – Php 90.00
• ¼ Kilo Squash – Php 25.00
• 2 pcs. Medium-sized Ampalaya – Php 35.00
• 5 pcs. Okra – Php 10.00
• 5 pcs. Eggplant – Php 20.00
• 2 bunches of String beans – Php 20.00
• 1 pc. Big onion, chopped – Php 10.00
• 3-5 cloves of Garlic, minced – Php 5.00
• 2-3 pcs. Tomatoes, sliced – Php 5.00
• 2 pcs. Siling Mahaba – Php 2.00
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Shrimp Paste & Fish Sauce

Total Cost: Php 312.00

Serves: 10 – 15 people


1. Clean the shrimps, pork & the vegetables thoroughly in running water.
2. Slice the pork thinly or into cubes. Cut the “antennae” of the shrimp.
3. Chop & slice the vegetables (squash, ampalaya, okra, eggplant, string beans). Put in in separate bowl.

Main Ingredients

Main Ingredients

4. While chopping and slicing the vegetables, you may start frying the pork.
5. Use another pan and sauté the garlic, onion and tomato. Use oil from the pork you are frying.
6. Add the shrimp and mix for 2-3minutes. Then, put-in the shrimp paste and fish sauce – to taste.
7. Add in the squash and cook for 5 minutes until the texture of the squash becomes slightly soft. Try not to overcook the squash yet.
8. Add the remaining vegetables (ampalaya, okra, string beans eggplant and the siling mahaba). Simmer for about 8minutes while occasionally stirring until all the vegetables are evenly cooked.
9. Add the fried pork. Stir well.
10. Serve hot and enjoy!

"Pinakbet or Pakbet"

“Pinakbet or Pakbet”

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