Filipino Style Recipe: denengdeng or inabraw is a native ilocano dish similar to pinakbet. It is a tasty yet healthy vegetable dish consisting of different fresh vegetables with bagoong.

Estimated Preparation and Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes. Good for 4-5 persons.

1 cup string beans(sitaw), cut into 2 inch
6 pieces okra
1 cup squash(kalabasa), cut in cubes
1 ampalaya(bitter melon), sliced
1 onion, sliced
2 large tomatoes, sliced
1 thumb-sized ginger; crushed
3 tablespoons fermented fish(bagoong isda)
1 milk fish or tilapia(fried or grilled), sliced
3 cups water or rice washing
1 cup squash flower(bulaklak ng kalabasa)(optional)
1 cup patani (lima beans)(optional)
1 cup jute leaves(saluyot)(optional)
1 cup malunggay leaves(optional)

1. In a big pot, add water and bring to boil.
2. Add onions, ginger and tomatoes. Cook for 3 minutes.
3. Add fermented fish and simmer for another minute.
4. Add vegetables and cook until crisp-tender but not overcooked.
5. Add fried fish. Adjust seasoning according to taste.
6. Remove from heat then serve.

1. You can also use or add other vegetables..

Pinakbet or Pakbet

Pinakbet or Pakbet (Meat and Vegetable Stew with Shrimp Paste) is a tasty vegetable dish consisting of different fresh vegetables, pork, and shrimp paste. One of my favorite when it comes to vegetables dishes as long as not overcooked. I’m not a fan of bitter melon, so I sliced it into small pieces that I can swallow directly. This recipe is a variation from Ilocos Region called “Pakbet Ilokano”. Happy cooking.

Estimated Preparation and Cooking Time: 40-50 minutes. Good for 3-5 person.

1/4 kilo pork belly, cut into small cubes
1/4 lbs. shrimp, peeled and deveined(optional)
1/2 squash, chopped into 2×1 inch cubes
1 large eggplant, cut in halves and sliced diagonally
1 bunch string beans(sitaw), cut in 2-inch length
6 pieces okra, cut diagonally
1 medium-sized bitter melon(ampalaya), cut in half seeded and slice diagonally
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 piece onion, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, sliced in strips
3 large tomato, diced
4 tablespoon shrimp paste(bagoong alamang)
1 cup of water
3 tablespoon cooking oil
salt, sugar and pepper to balance the taste

1. In a pan, heat cooking oil over medium heat.
2. Saute the garlic, ginger, onion and tomato
3. Add the pork and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until color turns light brown.
4. Put-in the shrimp and shrimp paste and cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add water and increase the heat to bring it to a boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pork is tender
6. Add the squash and cook for another 5-8 minutes or until texture becomes soft
7. Add in all the remaining vegetables, mix with the other ingredients.
8. Simmer for 5 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked.(Do not overcook the vegetables)
9. Serve with rice. Share and Enjoy!

1. Some is allergic to shrimp paste, you may substitute with fish sauce(patis) instead.