Cook Authentic Pinakbet
Edited by mahalia jovita b. bugasto, Christine Cruz, Rafah Perlado, Lynn and 3 others
Pinakbet is a native food of the Filipino people. It originated in the Northern provinces of Ilocos. If you ask a Filipino what Ilocos is all about, they will usually answer you with "BAGNET", "EMPANADA" and the ever so famous "PINAKBET".
What is Pinakbet?
Pinakbet? It is a pork and native vegetable stew that also has shrimp paste (Bagoong) in it. This recipe is another testament to the ingenuity of the Filipino people when it comes to cooking.
There are many ways to cook this vegetable stew, and it varies by region. The beautiful and spontaneous thing about this dish is that Filipinos use whatever ingredients are available or at hand. Even so, there are mainstay ingredients that make up this dish such as ampalaya (bitter gourd), malunggay pods (moringa pods) and okra that give this interesting and exotic dish it's distinctive flavor.
So how should Pinakbet taste? It is actually a mixture of different flavors along with seasoning. The vegetables used for this dish have certain distinct flavors that will meld together to produce a delicious result. Put simply, Pinakbet's taste is salty (because of the shrimp paste), sweet (natural sweetness of the vegetables used) and the option of spiciness - if you add chili to it.
How to Make Pinakbet
A tip - when you want to cook an authentic Pinakbet dish, the salted pork you should use should be "bagnet" from Ilocos. If that particular salted pork isn't available, you can use "lechon kawali" instead. However, if pork belly is all that is available, make sure that you fry the pork until it is brown before you add the vegetables. Seriously, boiled pork will do no justice to this dish.
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of cooking oil
- 1/2 kilogram of either bagnet, lechon kawali or browned pork belly, sliced into strips
- 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 medium white onion, sliced thinly
- 2 medium sized tomatoes, sliced thinly
- A thumb-sized piece of ginger, chopped finely
- 2 tablespoons full of Bagoong or shrimp paste
- Patis or fish sauce to taste
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- a pinch of granulated sugar for a bit of sweetness
- 6 to 7 pieces of okra cut into half
- 1 medium sized Ampalaya (bitter gourd) cut into 8 pieces
- 1 cup of long beans or sitaw, slice into bite size
- 2 medium-sized eggplants cut into 6 pieces
- 2 cups of diced squash or Kalabasa
- 1 cup of water
- 1Heat the frying pan.Advertisement
- 2Sauté the garlic until it's golden brown.Advertisement
- 3Add the onions and stir until the onions are translucent.
- 4Now add the ginger and tomatoes and stir, wait until the tomato meat has separated from its skin.
- 5Toss them around until they are heated through.Lastly, the pour in the Bagoong a.k.a shrimp paste, add Patis or fish sauce to taste and do not forget the crushed black peppers.
- 6Note: Not all at the same time. Choose which vegetables will take longer to cook, and add those first. In this recipe that would be the squash, let it boil for about 5 minutes.Now it is time for the vegetables.
- 7Each will take at least 3 minutes before you can add the next vegetable in line.Add the long beans, then the okra, and the ampalaya (bitter gourd).
- 8Add the water and let it all boil for about 3 minutes.
An authentic Filipino vegetable and pork stew or simply put - Pinakbet. This is a simple dish that is very easy to prepare for you and your family to enjoy.
- 1-2 kilos whole cut pork belly
- 6 pieces garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 teaspoons peppercorn
- 1 bulb onion, cut into quarters
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 1 dried bay leaf
- Cooking oil for deep-frying
- 1Wash the pork belly clean.
- 2Place in a deep pot and add enough water to cover the top of the pork.
- 3garlic cloves, peppercorns and bay leaf.Add the following ingredients:
- 4Bring to a boil for about 30-45 minutes, or until tender.
- 5Frequently remove all the scum that rises to the top.
- 6When cooked, remove from the pan place on a wire rack to drain all the excess liquid.
- 7Pat dry with clean cloth or paper towel.
- 8Refrigerate for several hours.
- 9Heat a generous amount of oil in a pan for deep-frying.
- 10Deep-fry the cooled pork belly on a low heat for about 30-45 minutes.
- 11Let it cool completely.Place the cooked pork belly in a colander or on a wire rack to remove all the excess oil.
- 12Blisters will be noticed.Reheat the pork belly into the same oil for about 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- 13Drain on a plate lined with paper towel.Advertisement
- Note: Photos above are just sample brands of the ingredients. This does not mean that the same brands are needed to prepare this recipe. You can always change things according to what you prefer, and what's available.
- The pictures show how to execute certain procedures.
If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please post in the comments section below.
Categories : Ethnic Foods
Recent edits by: Nuance, Eng, Lynn