The Filipino Food Channel
Get 3 of your 5 a day the Filipino way with a traditional Pinakbet. Often found in a spread at fiestas and gatherings, it’s arguably the most famous vegetable-based meal in Pinoy cuisine. It typically includes kalabasa, ampalaya, tomatoes, and okra. Whatever the combination of veggies, they’re always mixed with bagoong and topped with crispy pork belly.
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Servings: 3-4 persons
- 1 tbsp ginger - Julienned
- 1 small onion – quartered
- 2 medium tomatoes - quartered
- 2 tbsp bagoong (Shrimp paste) - or to taste
- 1/4 lb kalabasa (squash) - seeds removed and cubed
- 1/4 lb ampalaya (bittermelon) - seeds removed and cubed, salted to lessen bitterness
- 1/4 lb long beans - cut to 2 inch lengths
- 1/4 lb okra - cut to 2 inch lengths
- 1/4 lb eggplant - cut to 2 inch lengths
- 1/2 lb crispy pork belly - sliced
- Pour oil into a hot pan.
- Add the ginger and sauté.
- Add in the onions, bagoong, and tomatoes. Cook until they soften.
- Add in all the remaining vegetables. Simmer until tender.
- Top with crispy pork belly.