Pinakbet with Crispy Lechon

Level up your Pinakbet with Crispy Lechon! This Filipino dish is a hearty and nutritious vegetable stew made extra delicious with crunchy pork belly. It cooks in minutes and makes a great side or main dish.

Table Of Contents

  • Fish sauce or shrimp paste
  • How to serve and store
  • More vegetable recipes
  • Pinakbet with Crispy Lechon

As much as I enjoyed the Lechon kawali I made a few days ago, the almost three pounds of crisp pork belly proved way too much for one person. I ate to my heart’s content and still had about half a slab left to find a use for.

I tried a pinakbet version using crispy Lechon at a Filipino sit-down restaurant in Cerritos. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make it at home with the big chunk of leftover meat on my counter.

Pinakbet is easy to make, but lechon kawali is no walk in the park. With a laborious cooking process that takes a whole day, it deserves to be enjoyed on its own glorious self.

Still, if you find yourself, like me, with leftover bagnet, lechon kawali, or even crispy pata lying around, throw in the crunchy morsels into your next pot of pinakbet for one-of-kind flavor and texture.


Fish sauce or shrimp paste

Classic pinakbet uses shrimp paste (alamang), but I wanted a lighter broth to complement the crispy Lechon kawali in this version, so I substituted fish sauce. I have to say, it worked pretty well with the overall flavor of this colorful veggie dish.

If you want to use shrimp paste, replace the amount of fish sauce with 1 tablespoon of shrimp paste. Saute it with the aromatics for about 2 to 3 minutes until it darkens in color before adding water.


How to serve and store

  • Pinakbet with crispy lechon is delicious as a side or main dish for lunch or dinner. Serve with steamed rice and daing na bangus for a tasty and filling meal.
  • Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Please note that the crunchy pork belly will lose texture over time, especially when tossed in the sauce.

Pinakbet with Crispy Lechon

Pinakbet is made extra delicious with crispy lechon! It’s a hearty, nutritious, and delicious vegetable dish you’ll love with steamed rice.

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