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All Nations Cook-along is back. How did you like our last video? This week we have a popular dish from the Philippines: Pinakbet!

Pinakbet is a word derived from the Ilocano word Pinakebbet. It means shrunk or shriveled. Pinakbet, aka pakbet or pinak bet, is a food indigenous to the northern regions of the Philippines. It’s a Filipino dish made of a mix of vegetables steamed in a fish or shrimp sauce.

This easy to find mix of veggies grow in most Ilocano gardens and backyards.

Pinakbet is usually cooked until, as its name meaning suggests, it is almost dry and shriveled. With the Tagalog version of Pinakbet the vegetable flavors are enhanced with shrimp paste. Sometimes other meats like lechon, chicharon, or most commonly, pork, are added to the dish making subtle variations delightful and flavorful.

Here is a list of ingredients and a video so you can cook along with Maylene.

Pinakbet Ingredients List:
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 pound pork belly -cut into strips
1 small onion – chopped
2 cloves garlic – minced
2-3 tablespoons fish sauce
3 medium tomatoes – chopped
1/2 small squash peeled and cut into cubes
1 cup water
2 Eggplant – cut into pieces
1 Bitter Gourd – cut into pieces
Long beans
Ginger – peeled
Ladies fingers (Okra)

We hope you and your family enjoy this well-loved and easy to make Filipino recipe. Let us know if you’ve eaten Pinakbet before or if this is your first time trying it! Happy cooking! 😀

Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and check out our sister blog for Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House at the Community Connections blog. You can also watch more All Nations Cook-Along videos here on this blog or on our YouTube channel.


Published by Kyra Dawson

Kyra Dawson is an author, writer, creator of worlds and characters, and a weaver of fantasy stories. Some stories are here, some are there, and then there are others that are very far away and not here at all.

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