Today were going to prepare a popular Filipino vegetable dish traditionally cooked with pork and shrimp paste-pinakbet.
- 2 cup squash
- ½ cup ampalaya or bitted gourd
- 1 cup string beans
- 1 cup okra
- 1 cup eggplant
- 100 grams pork or more
- 1 medium size onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 large tomato
- 4 tbsp shrimp paste
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
Put a small amount of oil in the pan. Add the pork and fry until it turned brown.
Set aside the pork then saute the garlic followed by the onion. Then add the tomato. Stir for a minute then put back the pork.
Add the string beans and give it a mix to combine with the other ingredients. Then add around 200mL of water. Cover and cook for 2 mins.
Add the squash, ampalaya and okra. Give it a mix, then cover and simmer in low heat for 6-7 mins. We did not add water because the moisture and steam will eventually cook the vegetables. We do not want our pinakbet to be too watery.
Add the eggplant then cover and simmer again for another 3 mins.
Add the shrimp paste and mix well with the rest of the ingredients.
Add half a teaspoon of sugar and a bit of salt to enhance the taste.