Read on to get my pinakbet recipe.
Pinakbet (or pakbet) is a stir fry vegetable Filipino dish. That's for certain! It may be cooked with seafood, pork or it may be a purely vegetable recipe. Depending on where you are in the Philippines, pinakbet can be a spicy, creamy diningding or a full-bodied bulanglang. To avert confusion as to this simple dish, let's all agree to one thing - that pinakbet is a stir-fry vegetable recipe.
Ok, going back to the basic, right? I'll be using only 3 main vegetables for this recipe. This one's not only low on calories, low on fats, high in nutrition; but it's gonna' be a budget-friendly dish, too. Also, mind that we are not going to need any MSG sprinkles to make our pinakbet yummy! We'll do this the good old-fashioned way.
Ready? Here we go...
Ingredients in cooking pinakbet (pakbet):
- Garlic, crushed and chopped
- Onions, cut
- Tomatoes, cut
- Okra (ladyfingers), cut in 2
- Eggplant, cut and soaked in water
- Bitter gourd or bitter melon (ampalaya), cut
If you're not such a fan of the bitter gourd's bitterness, just use a little; or you can skip it altogether. Yardlong beans would make a good alternative to this vegetable.
- Fish paste
- Fish sauce
- Ground pepper
- Cooking oil
Cooking directions for pinakbet (pakbet recipe):
- Heat the oil in the pan.
- Saute' the garlic when the oil is ready.
- Add the tomatoes. Stir well.
- Season the dish with fish sauce.
- Cover the pan to soften the tomatoes.
- Crush the tomatoes so that it releases more juice.
- Add the bitter gourd. Stir well.
- Add the remaining vegetables - eggplants, okra; as well as the onions.
- Add water to cook the vegetables entirely.
- Season the dish with fish paste, fish sauce and pepper.
- Allow the dish to simmer under low to medium heat.
- Taste the sauce of the dish. Add sugar to counter the taste of the bitter gourd.
- Let it simmer for at least 5 minutes more.
- Adjust the taste with fish sauce and pepper for the last time.
- Turn the heat off.
- Let it cool without cover until it's serving time.
I hope you enjoyed this one.
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