Pinakbet: The Dish and a ‘Rap!’ Atbp!

Ilocano’s serve their visitors, either “Pinakbet” or “Dinengdeng” for meals, because these are two of our basic dishes. That is understandable because the Region is basically agricultural, thus, veggies are abundant. Cooking Pinakbet have spread to different provinces all throughout the country and have evolved into different versions.

Here are the basic ingredients of Pinakbet:

pinakbet veggies

The Pinakbet is now more than a dish. Clubs and organizations have acquired the same name. Lately, it has also become a rap-song by a US-based Filipino known as Filippeanut which you can listen to here while reading the rest of the entry:


Here is the lyrics of the Pinakbet Rap by Filipeanut:



string beans, bitter melon, mixed with eggplant
pinakbet, sauteed veggies in a sauce pan
its a dish that you have to try
if you know any illocanos ask them why
oh yeah…
either you hate it or you love it
but no doubt about it
it ain’t from nantucket
eating pinakbet is much like sex
it relieves all stress, after which you’ll want a cigraette

spell it out right when you look up the recipe
illocanos like it the way it’s supposed to be
spell it out right when you look up the recipe
filipino pride everybody spell it with me

i met an illocana with mexican blood
she was from tiujana and i loved her so much
not because she was pretty and half filipino
i couldn’t stop eating her pinakbet burritos
go check is the pinakbet done yet
dont sweat, go get, the plate of pinakbet
have it with rice or a french baguette
and pass the plate around like it’s russian roulette

Cooking Pinakbet, the Ilocano way is very simple. Put all veggies in a pot, together with ginger, garlic and onions, top it with thickly-sliced tomato, put “bagoong isda” or fish sauce and its ready to cook. Do not add water because the “natural liquid” of the veggies makes the dish tastier, fuller and more authentic. Cook it in medium fire and toss it occasionally for even cooking.

The Dinengdeng (some call it “Inabraw” in Ilocos) is equally very Ilocano. If pinakbet is composed mostly of fruit-veggies of different colors, the Dinengdeng is made of mostly green-fruit and leafy veggies.

dinengdeng veggies

Cooking Dinegdeng is simple. In a pot of boiling water (the amount of water depends on how much your veggies are) put all the basic ingredients and season it with “bagoong isda” (fish sauce) to taste. It is recommended to top it with grilled or fried fish to add flavor to the soup when the pot is removed from the heat, then cover. It is better to have the veggies half-cooked as in other veggie recipe’s.

There! Let’s go -veggies!

And yes! Don’t forget the “Palitaw” which is one of Ilocos’ fave desserts! Yummy! 🙂



Gallery | This entry was posted in A. ILOCOS, Biag (Life of Ilocano's), Ladawan (Photos), Tukar (Music) and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

22 Responses to Pinakbet: The Dish and a ‘Rap!’ Atbp!

  1. biagkensiak says:

    Thanks for the nice words and for dropping by my pad media! Visit again soon.

  2. Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am inspired! Extremely useful information specially the final section 🙂 I deal with such info much. I used to be looking for this certain info for a very long. Thanks and best of luck.

  3. Elly Longest says:

    Many thanks a very first class site. I discovered on this site material designed in the perfect approach. I should suggest the resource site to everyone and then also to each of my close friends. I had browsing this specific on the internet for many days or weeks. Once more thanks for spreading this unique fantastic issue.

  4. Jospeh Blok says:

    Hey this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding experience so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  5. YlocanaBelle says:

    actually we prefer to saute garlic first and add the bagoong and let it boil before adding all the other ingredients. mas lalo nga naimas!

  6. you could just listen to the beat of those high bass from Rap songs, i just like rap songs “;*

  7. Rap Songs are the best! specially those Gansta Rap stuffs, they really rock *

  8. ruben baleros says:

    I tried their half cooked pinakbet and crunchy din sya. To be fair masarap. Also their empanada is the best tasting empanada i have tasted…

  9. louie cuesta says:

    Ilocos Norte is a nice place to go. The roads, the foods as well are good. I have tasted half cooked pinakbet, (super savory and no meat!!!), at an empanada store cum carinderia .. Their empanada tastes better … Thanks Ilocos Norte.

  10. Arnold Diaz says:


  11. Candida Arino says:

    hm… i know there is another pinakbet rap that’s actually in ilocano, lol.

    my family calls that dessert dila dila

  12. Rosslily says:

    That is a good and very clean rapp! More of this is good.

  13. jonjonbarros says:


  14. Torn says:

    Jake and Tamatish, you’re right, there must be a tomato…somehwere… 🙂 Cyrus, the honor is mine…

  15. cyrus says:

    Torn, I’m greatly honored for the link back.
    Mahalo (Tank You – in hawaiian)

  16. tamatish says:

    diac maquita ti camatis nga agpayso. pinakbet is not a pinakbet without tomato.

    • cely says:

      Yup saan nga pinakbet no saan nga du ti kamatis na. No stirring just flip the pot in Ilocano dialect( talta) I make my own pinakbetI learn it from my Dad, no ajinomoto, I don’t use vetsin just mash the tomatoes then put all the vegies directly after washing them no water just the dripping water after wash, and you’ll have the perfect Ilocos Pinakbet. An for info hindi ginigisa ang pinakbet.

  17. Jake says:

    where is the tomato ingridient?

  18. Jake says:

    where’s the tomato?

  19. Torn says:

    Ei, Cyrus! Finally got your link! Hehe 🙂 (Dimo kayat nga ibaga a, cge…hehe!)

  20. Cyrus says:

    hahaha, that is cool!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s