Pinacbet (Filipino Mixed Vegetables)
1 1/2 pound belly pork or boneless, skinless chicken
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/2-inch piece ginger root, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons patis (Filipino fish sauce)
3 tomatoes, quartered
3 medium Sequa
6 long eggplants
2 large bittermelons
1/2 pound long beans
1/2 pound winged beans
Cut pork into 2 x 1/2-inch pieces. In a large sauce pot, fry pork until crisp; drain fat. Add garlic, ginger, and patis; cook for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and cook until a sauce is formed. Remove ridges from sequa. Cut sequa, eggplants, and bittermelons into lengthwise halves. Remove seeds from bittermelons. Cut vegetables into 2-inch pieces; add to pork mixture. Cover and cook over medium heat for10 minutes. Toss vegetables in pot. Lower heat and cook, uncovered, for 10 more minutes. Makes 6 servings.
Featured in Star-Bulletin on 1/24/07.