Nuke your pakbet
If you live in a condominium unit, cooking can be a hassle, especially if it is one of those studio units where the bedroom is the living room and the kitchen. When the fumes from the kitchen permeates the entire room and seeps into your clothes, it is an issue.
But, one can only take so much take-out and fried chicken before you yearn for veggies.
Veggies are easy to cook on the microwave. We have taken cooking veggies on the microwave to the rustic route. Specifically, pakbet.
The key to cooking on the microwave is to cut the veggies into smaller, uniform pieces. To get the most flavour from the aromatics like ginger, grate them.
We have relatives from down under and they never say they microwave their food. They say they nuke them.
Here’s how to cook pakbet on the microwave.
About two tablespoons minced pork fat (optional)
1 or 2 eggplants, cut into cubes
5 okra, cut as big as the eggplant
1 small ampalaya, cut as big as the okra and eggplant
1 camote, peeled and cut into cubes (optional)
About 1 tablespoon fish bagoong
2 tomatoes, minced
Small knob ginger, grated
Put all the ingredients in a big bowl and mix. Cover with a plate. Set the microwave on the highest setting and cook for three minutes. Take out the cover and check if it is done. If not, cook for another minute or two. Serve.
You can also add other veggies that you like on your pakbet. Bon apetit!