Pakbet or Pinakbet is a popular Filipino stew made of vegetables, some meat usually pork, and bagoong (shrimp paste). The vegetables used in the stew are those popular in the Philippines such as kalabasa (pumpkin), ampalaya (bitter gourd), okra, sitaw (snake beans), and kamatis (tomatoes). Bawang (garlic) and sibuyas (onions) are used for flavoring while the meat is sauteed. The bagoong gives the dish a unique salty, fishy flavor which balances the flavors of the vegetables.
Definitely a unique Filipino dish that showcases the wealth of vegetables in the country, flavored with a condiment that is uniquely Filipino. It is prepared and served in different ways. I have even tried one which had chicharon (deep fried pork skin) in it.
I don’t know what PiYESta’s secret is but their Pakbet is a notch above the rest. I can probably finish an entire serving with multiple cups of rice. It is a delicious mix of crisp veggies with a bagoong taste that’s not too overwhelming and a sauce is not watery. Just thinking about it makes me hungry.
Every time I go to Gen Santos City, I get extra happy when I eat my Pakbet from PiYESta.
PiYESta! KTv and Restobar is located at Al Fresco, Robinson’s Place, General Santos City. You may reach them at +6383-5542139 or at +639239289057.bagoong • filipino dishes • general santos city • pakbet • philippines • pinakbet • piyesta • shrimp paste • vegetable dishes