Philippines is rich in natural resources. Aside from breath-taking sceneries and highly entertaining and relaxing white sand beaches, Philippines do offer good foods that only Filipinos can perfectly make. Filipinos specialize in cooking different kind of recipes, may it be chicken, pork, meat or vegetable recipes.
Vegetable menus and recipes is where Filipino recipes, dishes and delicacy excels the most. The very common Filipino vegetable recipes I love the most are listed below in no particular order.
Pinakbet or pakbet is a popular Ilocano dish of the Philippines. Pinakbet is the contracted form of the Ilocano word pinakebbet, meaning “shrunk” or “shriveled”. The basic vegetables used in this dish include native bitter melon, eggplant, tomato, ginger, okra, string beans, lima beans, chili peppers , parda and winged beans. A Tagalog version usually includes calabaza.
Chopsuey is a very popular vegetable dish. Filipinos have come up with their own individual variation that suits individual taste and the availability of ingredients. There are no exact measurements of ingredients. You could always adjust the ingredients base on what ever available or base on your preference.
Laing (Taro Leaves In Coconut Milk)
Laing is another authentic recipe originated from Bicol region. Bicolanos are one of the greatest cooks or chefs ever, making this dish as one of the most sought after Filipino recipe. The main ingredient of this recipe is dried taro root (dahon ng gabi) cooked with coconut milk and red chili.
Ampalaya Guisado (Sauteed Bitter Gourd)
Ampalaya Guisado is an authentic Filipino vegetable dish made by sauteing bitter gourd in garlic, onion and tomatoes and finished off by topping with beaten egg. It is a healthy recipe or dish that most of the Filipino loves to eat. As we all know, Bitter Gourd or Ampalaya is known to lower sugar levels and thus, good for diabetics. Also effective in treating hypertension, constipation, and the juice is said to be a good blood purifier.
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