This is one of the famous dishes in the Ilocos Region, in Northern Philippines. Over there, we call it pakbet for short. I’ve learned to love eating this delicacy since my younger days. It consists of string beans (utong), squash (kalabasa), lady’s finger (okra), eggplant (talong), bitter gourd (ampalaya) and cayenne pepper (sili na mahaba).
The sili in the Ilocandia is not that spicy compared to the ones here in Singapore. That is why I don’t dare to cut them in half. I still can distinguish them even if they’re already combined with all the other ingredients.
I like to buy my vegetables fresh from the market. As you can see, the freshness really stands out and the taste… is oh so good!
The shrimp paste enhances the taste of the dish, and because it’s already quite salty, you may skip the salt altogether.
Here is my pinakbet.