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Pinakbet is a vegetarian dish known throughout the Philippines. The main ingredient in this dish is ampalaya also known as "bitter melon". The spice named bagoong (pork and shimp paste) adds a unique flavor.




  1. In a big, fresh wok or an earthenware pot, sauté garlic and onion in oil.
  2. Then add the pork and cook until the pork turns light brown in color and is tender.
  3. Add the squash first and stir. Then add the other vegetables.
  4. Cover the pot or wok and let it simmer in low heat until vegetables are soft and tender.
  5. Take the lid off and add the shrimp paste. Be sure not to add a lot.
  6. The taste of each vegetable should still be intact. Stir until liquid is nearly gone.
  7. Serve hot and plain over rice or with other main dishes but scoop some of the contents into a large plate.



How to Cook Pinakbet