Happy Monday, Lounger! Let’s make today a healthier day! As you may know, I am from the Philippines and a proud Pampanga native! On the other hand, my lovely stepmother is an Ilocano native, and she always cooks Pinakbet and Diningding for us. Today, I’d like to share my version of Pinakbet with you!
Pinakbet is a northern Filipino dish made of sautéed mixed vegetables in fish or shrimp sauce. The fish or shrimp sauce has a deliciously pungent flavor and aroma that you can’t get enough of! So, let’s dig into the recipe, alright?!
How to Cook a Pinakbet Recipe?
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This pinakbet recipe is suitable for four servings and takes at least 30 minutes to prepare and cook.
Here’s What You Need:
- One pack of pre-cut vegetables (Squash, Okra, Eggplant, Bitter Gourd, String Beans)
- 300 grams Chicken breast cut vertically thin
- 1 Red Onion chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic minced
- 10 grams Ginger minced
- 1 Tomato chopped
- 1 tablespoon Alamang Bagoong (Shrimp Paste)
- 2 tablespoons Dried Alamang (Small Shrimps)
- 1 tablespoon Patis (Fish Sauce)
- 1 cup of Water
- Pepper to taste
- Olive oil
Time to Cook Pinakbet!
- To begin, heat the cooking pan over medium-low heat with olive oil. Toss in the onion, Garlic, and Ginger. Sauté them until fragrant.
- Then, add the chicken meat and cook for three minutes, or until the chicken meat is cooked.
- Next, add the chopped tomatoes and mix well. Then, add the alamang bagoong, dried alamang, and patis. Again, give a good stir to incorporate all the ingredients.
- After that, add water, along with the squash, and cover. Let the squash to cook for a few minutes. Add the string beans, bitter gourd, and okra after that. Cover and mix for about two minutes.
- Next, add the eggplant and season it with pepper to taste. Give a nice mix and cover for a minute or two until everything is cooked.
- Serve hot!
Masarap! Delicious! Svaadisht! Ochen’ Vkusno! Oishi!
- You can enjoy eating this dish along with white rice and fried fish or chicken on the side.
- Remember no need to use salt because the alamang, dried fish, and patis are already salty.
- If you want your vegetables to be more tender, you can always add more water content to this dish and cook it longer. However, it’s best not to overcook the vegetables.
- When storing vegetables, it’s better to place them in a produce or zip bag like bitter gourd, string beans, and squash.
Pinakbet, or Pakbet for short, is a deliciously healthy Filipino dish. The term derives from the Ilokano word pinakebbet, which means “shriveled” or “shrunk.” Because of the vegetables in it, this dish can boost your immune system, improve your skin’s health, and even have anti-aging properties. So, give it a shot and let me know your experience. Keep healthy, Lounger!
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