Pinakbet ( Philippine Vegetable Stew)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a famous Philippine vegetarian main dish. Very healthy because it is a mixture of different kinds of vegetables

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown the ginger, garlic and onions.
  2. Add two cups of water and all the ingredients.
  3. Simmer vigourously for 20 minutes.
  4. Stirring often.
  5. It is done when the liquid is thick and the vegetables are tender.
  6. Add salt if necessary.
  7. Remove the ginger.
Most Helpful

This recipe is missing the key ingredient, shrimp paste or bagoong, but I guess this is a vegetarian version. I normally add lots of tomatoes and sautee it with shirmp paste and browned pork bits, then the veggies. I would add bitter melon or ampalaya as well. If you go to Ilocos, try the Pinakbet at the Villa Angela B&B, its awesome!

Pinaygourmet #345142 February 10, 2007

i have to agree w/ pinaygourmet...i've never heard of a pinakbet w/out shrimp paste or bagoong. it's the main ingredient in the dish! really makes quite a difference.

LuvMyBabies July 06, 2010

I noticed there wasn't any bagoong in this. Actually, my grandma never used bagoong either, but instead rendered a few pieces of fatty pork (the kind for chicharron) at the bottom of the pan with the garlic before adding the vegetables. Also, I noticed the lack of pariya. I guess omitting the bagoong and the bittermelon, the dish is a little more accessible to non-Filipinos.

iceprince September 11, 2007