Traditional Filipino Vegetable Recipe (Pinakbet an Ilocano dish)

Pinakbet or Pakbet is one of the popular dishes that originated mostly in the provinces here in the Philippines. It is a vegetable dish that is cooked in Bagoong Alamang (Fermented Shrimp Paste) or what’s famous in Ilocos, Bagoong Isda (Fermented Fish Sauce).

Author: Chris Urbano

Recipe type: Dinner

Cuisine: Filipino


  • 4 cloves         Garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium      Onion, chopped
  • 3 pieces         Tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup           Shrimp Paste (Bagoong Alamang)
  • 1 cup             Water
  • 250 grams   Squash (Kalabasa)
  • 3 pieces        Round Eggplants, cut into rounds
  • 1 piece          Baby Bitter Gourd (Ampalaya), sliced onto bias
  • 2 bundles    Okra, heads removed
  • 2 bundles    String Beans, cut into 2” long
  • 2 bundles    Winged Beans (Sigarilyas), trimmed and cut in half
  • As needed  Cooking Oil
  • To Taste     Salt and Pepper
  • ½ kilo        Bagnet or LechonKawali


  1. In a pot, heat oil and sauté the garlic and onion. Add in the tomatoes and shrimp paste. Sauté until fragrant. Pour in the water and let it simmer.
  2. Add in the squash at the bottom and simmer for 5 minutes. Add on top the eggplants, bitter gourd, okra and winged beans. Layer the vegetables and let it cook for 10 minutes. Do not stir, just shake the pot once.
  3. Season the Pinakbet with salt and pepper. Serve the Bagnet or LechonKawali on top.