This one-pot stew, known as Pinakbet is a simple vegetable stew dish flavored with shrimp paste. Pinakbet is often made with just vegetables or with an addition of pork and/or shrimp. Traditionally bitter melon is often included in this dish. If it is available feel free to include it, but it will be delicious without it as well.
- Preheat roaster over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until a sprinkle of water skitters and dissipates.
- Sauté shrimp for 3-4 minutes until they begin to turn pink. Turn shrimp over to cook both sides. The shrimp will be slightly under-cooked but will finish cooking when you add them back into the stew later.
- Remove shrimp and any remaining liquid from roaster and place in a clean bowl, set aside.
- Sauté garlic and onion for 5-6 minutes or until slightly translucent. Add tomato and ground pepper, stir, cover roaster and cook for 3 minutes.
- Remove lid from roaster, add shrimp paste and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
- Add water or stock and squash, cover and cook for 8 minutes.
- Add eggplant and green beans, stir to combine and cover. When Vapo-Valve™ begins to click steadily, turn heat down to low and cook for 10-15 minutes until vegetables are tender crisp, not mushy.
- Add shrimp back into the roaster, stir to combine, taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Other traditional ingredients are often included in Pinakbet
- Add ½ pound of pork belly cut into small pieces, sauté with onions and garlic.
- Add fresh okra
- Bitter melon which adds a distinctive bitter flavor but is often only available in Asian markets
- If shrimp paste is not available, substitute for a good quality fish sauce to taste.
- Serve stew with steamed rice