Thursday, November 21, 2019

Pinakbet (Filipino Vegetable Medley with Pork)

When I was younger, we'd have pinakbet for dinner from time to time.  The simplest way for me to describe pinakbet is a medley of vegetables and pork, simmered in a fish broth.

It always had bittermelon in the mix.  I felt like the bitterness always seeped through to the other vegetables. I hated bitter melon, so didn't like pinakbet. 

As I grew older, I became more open to new flavors and health benefits of various foods.  I learned that both the bitter melon leaves and fruit had health benefits for a variety of ailments.  I don't exactly know what the benefits are, but a quick internet search will return a lot of results.

I actually tried bitter melon tea and will eat a piece or two if it's already in the pinakbet.  But ultimately, it will never be my favorite.

Anyway, here is the recipe for my version.  I didn't add any bitter melon and it was delicious!

  • 1 kabatiti (gourd), peeled and sliced
  • 1 eggplant, cut into 3-inch segments
  • 10 long beans, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 4 small tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup patis (fish sauce)
  • 5 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/4 large onion, sliced
  • 3 ounces chicharron, sliced
  1. Prepare ingredients as indicated above (i.e. slice, cut, etc.)
  2. Bring water and patis to a boil.
  3. Add everything else, except the chicharron.
  4. Cover and let simmer until vegetables cooked through (about 15 minutes), stirring halfway through.
  5. Add chicharron.
  6. Cover and let simmer to let the flavors mingle together (about 5 minutes), stirring halfway through.
  7. Serve.
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