Pinakbet is a Filipino dish made from mixed vegetables and shrimp paste. The dish includes bitter melon, eggplant, tomato, string beans and chili peppers. The dish can be mixed with other veggies. In this dish I removed okra and added red bell pepper.
When I was young, I didn’t really like this dish. I was the type of kid who loved hot dogs and fried chicken. I ate one or two vegetables then, but to mix it with three or four, seeing it on the table would’ve been a nightmare.
The good news is I love vegetables now and to see this on the table makes my mouth water with delight.
- 250 g pork, chopped
- 400 g kabocha squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 200 g bitter melon (See note)
- 150 g eggplant
- ¼ cup shrimp paste
- 1 cup water
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic gloves, crushed
- 1 piece red bell pepper, julienne
- 5 mild green chili peppers
- 4 tomatoes, quartered
- 1 bunch string beans, cut in 3 inches length
- In a saute pan, heat oil and add onion. Cook until onion softens. Add garlic.
- Stir in pork, cook until lightly browned.
- Add squash, paste, and water. Bring to a boil. Simmer in low heat for 5 minutes. Covered.
- Stir in the rest of the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until almost dry and vegetables are tender.