Pinakbet Tagalog is a Filipino vegetable dish. It is composed of a variety of vegetables and it also has a protein component. I made use of lechon kawali or crispy deep-fried pork belly for this recipe. This recipe is a variation of the popular Pinakbet Ilocano.


  • 200 grams pork belly, sliced for frying
  • 3 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tomato, chopped
  • 1 bitter melon, seeds removed and sliced
  • 1 eggplant, cut into pieces (diagonally)
  • 2 cups squash, diced or sliced
  • 8 pieces okra, each sliced diagonally into 2
  • 3 tablespoons shrimp paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon msg to taste
  • 1 cup water

Cooking Instructions:

  1.  In a pan, heat the cooking oil, saute garlic and onion until browned.
  2. Put the pork and cook until browned.
  3. Add tomatoes, shrimp paste and msg or vetsin then mix together.
  4. Put the squash, eggplant, bitter melon,  okra and chili finger then mix together.
  5. Add msg, and water (mix well) then cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until vegetables cooked.(medium fire)
  6. Ready to serve with rice.

Source: Pinoy Chow Image: SMFC

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