Pinakbet - an Ilocano Dish

>> Sunday, July 5, 2009

Although we are not Ilocano, we love eating vegetable dishes. My hubby and I both have passion for cooking. He cooked Pinakbet the other day and below is the best picture I took of it.
Pinakbet or pakbet is a popular Ilocano dish, from the northern regions of the Philippines, although it has become popular throughout the archipelago. The word is the contracted form of the Ilocano word "pinakebbet", meaning shrunk or shrivelled. The original Ilocano pinakbet uses bagoong, of fermented monamon or other fish, while further south, bagoong alamang is used. The basic vegetables used in this dish include native bitter melon, eggplant, tomato, ginger, okra, string beans, lima beans, chili peppers , parda and winged beans. A Tagalog version usually includes calabaza. Most of these vegetables are easily accessible, and are grown in backyards and gardens of most Ilocano households. As its name suggests, it is usually cooked until almost dry and shrivelled and the flavors of the vegetables are emphasized and accentuated by bagoong (fermented shrimp fry). In some cases, lechon, chicharon, or other meats (most commonly pork) are added. It is considered a very healthy dish, and convenient in relation to the harsh and rugged, yet fruitful Northern and Ilocos regions of the Philippines.

These are the ingredients needed for a Pinakbet.

9 Comments:

♥peachkins♥ July 5, 2009 at 8:26 PM  

dito sa house namin laging ang annaya ko ang nagluluto ng pinakbet.Di ko pa yan na-try lutuin..

Faye July 5, 2009 at 10:13 PM  

HI!
one of my favorite filipino food. i miss it since i cannot maket it here, we dont have salted shrimps.

Manang Kim July 5, 2009 at 11:05 PM  

Sus me kahit kakaluto lang namin nito the other day parang gusto ko na namang lutuin ito tomorrow. Dito kasi sa pinas lahat fresh kaya iba ang lasa compare sa luto natin abroad.

ACRYLIQUE July 6, 2009 at 3:09 PM  

Aside from chopsuey. This is the only food that i can eat from now on. *sigh*

r e y a n e July 6, 2009 at 4:40 PM  

@ Peach - Mommy peach... try mo minsan lutuin... hehe... careful not too much in bagoong...

@ Faye - that's sad. Isn't there any Asian store in your local area? There are bottled and canned bagoong in groceries here... maybe your Pinas relatives can send you some so you can cook Pinakbet.

@ Manang Kim - I totally agree with you. ^_^ sarap pag fresh yung gulay.

@ Acrylique - I also love chopsuey. Maybe I'll post the recipe one of these days when I'm not busy.

Thanks for visiting!

luna miranda July 6, 2009 at 7:48 PM  

i know i should learn to eat pinakbet because of the veggies. i'm still trying.:P

Confession Nook July 7, 2009 at 7:43 AM  

omg..im so drooling over this one...im missing gulay a lot!!!!! esp ganito na may bagoong!!!

yummm!!

Manang July 8, 2009 at 9:21 AM  

though my parents are Ilocano, I never liked the Ilocano way of cooking pinakbet. I love the one made by my bisaya friend.

Francis Bell October 2, 2009 at 6:23 AM  

WOW!!! Great blog-I really enjoyed the pictures-thank you for brightening my day ! Francis http://www.geothermalquestions.net

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