Pinakbet (also known as pakbet) is a popular vegetable-rich Filipino dish associated wih the Ilocos region of the Philippines. Pinakbet is the contracted form of the Ilocano word pinakebbet, meaning “shrunk” or “shriveled.”
Pancit (pansit) is a catchall term for Chinese-influenced noodle dishes in the Philippines. There are many different kinds of pancit — different noodles, different ingredients, different styles of cooking. Here is one recipe for pancit using egg noodles.
Photo by Toyang Noresa. Minatamis na Saba (Sweetened Bananas). Minatamis is the Tagalog word for “sweetened” or “candied.” Philippine fruits commonly made into minatamis are saba bananas, jackfruit, kamias, and even pineapples and mangoes.
Photo by Tarshera of HALUHALO, an icy Filipino treat that is most popular during the very hot summer season in the Philippines, in April and May. It’s a hodgepodge of sweetened preserved fruits, evaporated milk, and crushed ice topped with ice cream or leche flan.