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