Pinakbet Recipe

Ilocano Style of Pinakbet
Pakbet is another term for pinakbet. This is a Filipino cuisine, specifically an Ilocano dish. It originated from the northern regions of the Philippines. This is one of the most nutritious Filipino dishes, but not every Filipino is a fan. This is probably because some of them were not used to eat vegetables.

Pinakbet is derived from the word pinakebbet, which means shrunk or shriveled. The recipe below is said to be the Ilocano style of pinakbet.

Ingredients of Pinakbet:

1/2 cup squash, cubed
5 pcs string beans, cut 3 inches long
5 pcs okra, sliced lengthwise
1/4 cup patani (optional)
6 pcs eggplant, halved

3 pcs tomatoes, quartered
1 tbsp. ginger strips
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 pcs onions, quartered

1 tbsp. fish bagoong
1/4 kilo bagnet or pork belly
1 cup water

Place the following vegetables in a saucepan: squash, string beans, okra, patani, eggplant, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and onions. Then slowly pour bagoong and bagnet on top. Add water and bring to a boil.

Stir to make sure that everything is well-cooked. Afterwards, your pinakbet is ready to be served.


  1. Nice photo of pinakbet. Hope you can give me a back link for the recipe to my site.

  2. Looks delicious except I would have to trade the pork for soy or maybe even some type of fish as I do not eat meat.

  3. Hello filipino recipe,

    I just did. Ty for dropping by.

  4. Hello Dorothy L,

    That's a nice trade (pork for soy). According to filipino vegetarian recipe, you can replace fried gluten for pork (haven't tried it yet).

    Ty for visiting my site.


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