Pinakbet is one of my favorites when it comes to vegetable dishes. It’s a mixture of stir-fried vegetables simmered in a rich flavor of pork, shrimp paste (bagoong alamang), and spices. If you want to taste the full potential of this dish then you need to use the key ingredient, the shrimp paste. It gives it that final kick that I think it needs. For most western cultures this dish wouldn’t be a favorite, but for most Filipinos it’s a mouth-watering dish. For those who cannot eat shrimp paste, you may substitute it with fish sauce. The traditional version of this dish includes Okra, which I happen to dislike, so with that being said I omit it in this recipe. However, if your one of those who likes Okra, then by all means add it back to the recipe. You need to add Okra along with the rest of the veggies after the calabaza squash. So bring your appetite and let’s get cooking.