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Monday, April 17, 2006


Pinakbet is allegedly an Ilocano original. My parents are both Ilocanos, but I admit that this pinakbet by my friend Ana from Davao is the best one I have ever tasted, so that I asked that she share her recipe so I can post it here. With her generosity, here is the recipe:

Ana's Pinakbet from Digos Davao Del Sur
· 4 tsp oil (Sesame oil is best)
· 1 Large onion diced
· 4 medium tomatoes diced
· 2 tsp garlic minced
· ½ cup diced pork meat
· 1 cup peeled small shrimp
· 1 cup sliced eggplant
· 1 cup cubed squash
· 1 cup sliced okra
· 1 bunch prepared green beans (B A L A T O N G)
· Generous amount of sautéed A L A M A N G N A H I P O N
1. Sauté onion & garlic until aroma is released and slightly brown
2. Add minced pork until slightly browned
3. Add tomatoes and let simmer for about ten minutes or until mush
4. Add eggplant and squash and simmer for ten minutes or until tender
5. Add A L A M A N G N A H I P O N (K A M A Y A N)
6. Add shrimp, okra and green beans until tender
Serve with white rice and vinegar on the side.


  1. Hi Manang, glad to see you posting againg :) I love your friend's take on pinakbet, it looks great too.

  2. Hi Manang,

    I'm glad you're back. I miss your foodblogging.

  3. Hi jmom and ms_v,

    I was feeling guilty that I have not been blogging for more than a year now, yet I keep getting some emails from readers. They inspire me. Fellow bloggers' regularly updated blogs (like yours) are also inspiring...

  4. hello manang! nasa Maien ka ba? yong friend mo rin ba taga Digos din?

  5. sorry for the typos, what i mean was nasa Maine ka ba? at tsaka yong friend mo na taga Digos na sa Maine din ba sya? thanks a lot

  6. Hi Anonymous,

    Yap! Pareho kami nasa Maine.

  7. hello manang..nasa Maine din po ako...san po kayo dito sa Maine? good day to you :)

  8. Hi Anonymous,

    Email me (link at the sidebar) and I will give you my contact details. Exchange tayo. :)

  9. lami sya.ty

  10. Hi Manang,
    What kind of squash should I use? Parang iba't ibang klase kasi yung nakikita ko sa grocery.

  11. cel,
    We use butternut squash; it's the closest to what we have in the Philippines.


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