Fish Flakes Pinakbet

Pinakbet is a Filipino traditional dish and popular among the Ilocanos. Basically, it is a combination of vegetables like, squash, bitter melon, string beans, okra, eggplant, and tomato. Shrimp paste or bagoong is usually included but I never include it whenever I cook one, I’d rather used pounded dried shrimp instead of it. As usual, there are many cooking variations like sauteing the spices first in hot oil or others are boiling the vegetables first, etc. and additional ingredients like carrots, squash flower, chicken, meat or seafoods and sauces.

In this recipe, fish flakes are used, bitter melon was also omitted since my hubby sometimes don’t eat that bitter vegetable.

Ingredients:
1 eggplant (big/round variety), sliced
2 cups sliced squash
10 pcs. young okra
1 cup sliced string beans
1/2 cup fried fish flakes
1 cup chicken broth or more
1 medium ripe tomato
1 onion, sliced
1 thumb size ginger, sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp. fish sauce
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
2 tbsp. cooking

Directions:
1. Heat oil in a skillet and saute garlic, onions, tomatoes and ginger until the ginger is aromatic.
2. Add the fish flakes, stir. Add in the squash and broth and simmer until the squash is tender but not soggy of course.
3. Add the remaining vegetables, soy sauce, fish sauce and sugar. Simmer until the vegetables are cooked. Season with black pepper powder if you like.

Serve.

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