Pinakbet is a vegetable dish from the Philippines that can be served as an everyday dish or when you have company. Since it also contains pork and prawns, you can eat it as a one-pot meal.
Servings: 4 Servings
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 large onion sliced
- 4 tbsp shrimp paste
- 1 shrimp broth cube optional
- 2 cups water
- 1 large tomato cut in cubes
- 2 bitter gourds seeded then halved and cut into slices
- 1 large eggplant cut in cubes
- 1 ½ cup string beans
- 3 small okras cut into halves diagonally
- 1 small squash / pumpkin peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 tsp salt
In a wok or deep pan, heat oil over medium heat.
Add the onion and garlic and cook until tender and aromatic.
Add Shrimp paste and saute for approx. 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until it becomes soft.
Add squash then stir to coat the vegetable with shrimp paste. Cover the pan and let it simmer for about 2 minutes.
Add beans, bitter gourd, okra, and eggplant. Stir a bit then add shrimp broth cube dissolved in the 2 cups of water.
Add salt and let simmer for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Transfer to a serving plate and serve with rice and your favorite fried fish. Bon Appetit!