Because I am a vegetable lover, Pakbet is one of my favorite Filipino dishes. Pakbet is a popular Ilocano dish. The word is the contracted form of the Ilocano word pinakebbet, meaning “shrunk” or “shriveled”. (source) I like it more with bagnet, a deep-fried crunchy pork of Ilocos. But if bagnet is not available, I make my own crunchy pork.


¼ kg. pork with fat
¼ of small squash (peeled and sliced thinly)
5 pcs. okra (cut crosswise)
5 native bitter melons (cut into quarters)
5 native eggplants (cut to quarters)
6 pcs. string beans (cut into 2 inches long)
2 pcs. tomatoes (sliced thinly)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1 medium onion (sliced thinly)
small piece of ginger (sliced thinly)
2 tbsps. shrimp paste
cooking oil
3/4 cup water
In pan heat oil then fry the pork until crunchy. Remove pork then set aside. On the same pan, saute onion, garlic and ginger until golden brown. Add tomatoes. Add shrimp paste. Then add in all the vegetables and water. Cook until the vegetables are done, careful not to overcook. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add crunchy pork on top.



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  1. When I was in college, this is the dish I cook most of the time for our small ‘family’ (boardmates)…now I can’t cook it kasi hubby and the kids don’t like eggplant, ampalaya at okra waaaah!! namiss ko na!

  2. Wow tokaya nakakamiss naan tong pakbet, yum! wala kasing masyadong masarap na pangsahog na gulay dito eh kaya di ako nakakagaw a saka di mahilig masyado sa pakbet tong asawa ko..

  3. i cook my pacbet with sweet camote instead of kalabasa. mas gusto ko kasi yung manamis namis na lasa ng kamote together with some veggies.

  4. oh my golly gosh gosh….pag yan andito…am sure, 2 plates of rice ang mauubos ko…lol…takaw! haahhaa….:)

    salamat sa dalaw sa aking kusina teRoss….:)

  5. WOW!!I love pakbet,too with lots of veggies!!Kaya lang walang kumakain nyan kundi ako lang(T_T)tapos wala pang pinoy stores dito,walang shrimp paste.matakaw pa naman ako sa kanin nyan!!Drooled!!

  6. Ako rin, I love pakbet and I cook it at home from time to time. My husband doesn’t like the ampalaya and talong (I eat all of those!), but he definitely loves the crunchy pork and the other sahog.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  7. i like eating pinakbet, too. haven’t tried cooking it myself, though. lol

    thanks for joining Food Friday

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