By Rachelle and Amylene of Top 10 Carinderia Dishes*

Pakbet is a mixture of vegetables like okra, squash, string beans, eggplant, and ampalaya, cooked until almost dry and shriveled to produce a very yummy taste. It’s a very healthy dish preferred by the vegetarians. Pinakbet is cooked with bagoong to make a delicious sauce.   Of course, we attribute to the Ilocos region as the originator of pinakbet.  In places like Sagada, they really put a lot of bagoong and plenty of sauce.

Below is a recipe courtesy of Mrs. Mila Luna Mata. Auntie Mila is the mother of our dear classmate and friend Ruthchel. A native of Villa Arevalo, she really cooks so well. Anyway, nothing beats a mother’s cooking!



¼ kilo eggplant, cut into cubes

¼ kilo squash, cut into cubes

¼ kilo string beans cut into about 2 inch long

¼ kilo shrimp, skinless

¼ cup bagoong

¼ garlic, pound

2 onions, sliced

½ cup cooking oil

½ cup soy sauce

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups coconut milk


  1. Sauté garlic and onion in oil
  2. Add shrimp and squash and some water.
  3. After a minute, put everything.
  4. Put coconut milk and mix.
  5. Let it simmer for 3 min.
  6. Suite to taste and serve.