My very first recipe post ever.  🙂

Good thing, vegetables in the market are starting to go back to its normal price. We can go ‘gulay festival’ again at home.  Woohooh!!! 🙂 The vegetables in our Pinakbet  for lunch today, was bought last night at SM Supermarket at Php 40.00. Pre-sliced and packed, but fresh though.  🙂

PINAKBET or Pakbet is a classic Filipino dish from the Ilocos region of mixed vegetables and pork stew.  It is popular all over the Philippines and variety of  ways to cook it was invented over the years.  Personally,  I love my Pakbet with tokwa (tofu) instead of pork and with no bagoong alamang (Filipino shrimp paste).  

Let me share here another way I cook Pakbet — with pork just like in the original recipe.  Bagnet, which is also popular in Vigan, Ilocos is a good alternative.  In my cheaper version, I love to fry the pork strips in its own oil and make it crunchy (like the bagnet). It matches really good with the veggies half-cooked. Not much of  cooked bagoong  and water, no MSG or commercially produced mixed seasonings, please. 🙂  But equally tasty. Yum. Yum. 🙂



Estimated cooking time is  35 minutes. Though the secret to a tasty food is in the slow cooking, I believe. 🙂


  • 1/4 kilo pork with fat, cut into small pieces or strips
  • 2 Ampalaya (bitter melons) sliced to bite size pieces
  • 2 eggplants, sliced to bite size pieces
  • 5 pieces of okra, cut in two
  • ½  medium sized Squash, cut to serving pieces
  • 6 pcs. String Beans, cut into serving pieces
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 small ginger, crushed and sliced
  • 4 tablespoons bagoong alamang
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • Patis (fish sauce) and pepper to taste
Cooking Instructions:
  • In a hot pan, put pork strips with little salt and mix. Little by little add water  and bring to boil until it dries up and  oil comes out.
  • Fry in its own oil until brown and bit crunchy and cooked, Remove the pork from the pan and set aside.
  • On the same pan, sautee ginger for awhile, then onions and garlic.
  • Add bagoong and tomatoes,  mix until bagoong  gets cooked.  
  • Pour in pork and vegetables and mix until vegetables are almost done.
  • Add fish sauce or salt to taste.
  • Pour in water and simmer for 10 minutes. Be careful not to get it overcooked.
  • Serve hot with plain rice.

For life’s simple pleasures, please visit my  site — under the RECIPE category. Feel free to send in comments, queries or suggestions.  Thank you!  🙂



  1. I actually wanted to make a remark so as to say thanks to you for all of the superb ways you are posting here. My extended internet look up has at the end of the day been paid with wonderful content to talk about with my friends and family. I would believe that many of us visitors actually are rather lucky to exist in a superb website with so many special people with great guidelines. I feel somewhat fortunate to have encountered your site and look forward to really more enjoyable minutes reading here. Thanks a lot again for everything.

  2. Thank you. This article was perfect and I found it full of lots of information. Great job! Where are you from? I’m from Los Angeles.

  3. Simply desire to say your article is as astounding. The clearness for your publish is simply nice and i could suppose you are an expert on this subject. Fine along with your permission allow me to grasp your feed to keep updated with coming near near post. Thank you a million and please carry on the gratifying work.

  4. This can be some sort of sensible blog. I imply it. You have so much understanding with this issue, and so much excitement. You also understand how to produce men and women rally behind it, of course through the particular responses. Youve acquired a style here thats not too flashy, but tends to create a statement as huge since what youre saying. Great task, in fact.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s