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Pinakbet 2


  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4-5 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Pinakbet or pakbet is a popular vegetable dish in the Philippines which originated in Ilocos Region, the word pinakbet is derived from the Ilocano word pinakebbet, meaning “shrunk” or “shrivelled”.


  • 2 small Asian eggplant, sliced into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 bunch string beans, sliced into 2 inch pieces
  • 300g okra, sliced into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 squash or buttercup, sliced roughly 1 inch
  • 1 large bitter melon, sliced
  • 150g shrimps, shelled and deveined (optional)
  • 150g pork belly, cubed
  • 2 pcs tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 head garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp bagoong monamon
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional, some love this with a hint of sweetness)
  • fish sauce or sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil
  • 1 cup water


  1. In a pan sauté garlic, onion and tomatoes in oil.
  2. Add pork pieces and brown evenly.
  3. Add squash and okra continuously pan frying for 2 minutes, bring the heat to low and cover for 5 minutes
  4. Add string beans, bitter melon and eggplants pan fry pan fry for additional 2 minutes.
  5. Add water, sugar, shrimps and bagoong monamon, cover and simmer for 5-8 minutes in medium heat until vegetables are cooked.
  6. Season with pepper add fish sauce/salt if needed.