Cooking Pinakbet in Seoul

There are several Filipino stores here in Seoul. There are also a few Filipino restaurants. On Sundays, Hyewha-dong is teeming with vendors selling Filipino stuff. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a Filipino store or to Hyewha-dong. Sometimes, I crave for good Filipino food and most often than not I get to have them at our gatherings.

Last October, a long-time friend who lives in Jeonju surprised me by sending a package of veggies – okra, bitter gourd (ampalaya), string beans, sweet peas and sponge gourd (patola). Her timing couldn’t be more perfect as I was hosting a housewarming party that weekend. The veggies were perfectly ripe.

So I cooked “pinakbet” in Seoul for the first time. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I just had to make an overseas call to my Pangasinense mother. I didn’t have “bagoong” or “alamang” but I used “se-oo jeot” which is the Korean shrimp paste, similar to our “alamang”.

Pinakbet for a housewarming party
Pinakbet for a housewarming party

Now, when I feel like eating Filipino food and I don’t have all the ingredients or I’m feeling lazy, I now know where to go. Last Sunday at the “Himig Pasko Tinig Pinoy”, a Filipino caterer – Annabel’s Catering – provided meals for free and their food was really good. I had “igado”, “dinuguan” and “lumpiang gulay”. The latter was a little greasy and the “dinuguan” just a tinny bit sweetish but it was good. Oh, I also remember taking home some corn soup and it was delish! I actually liked their food and I think it’s better than a lot of other restaurants.

5 thoughts on “Cooking Pinakbet in Seoul

  • December 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm
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    ate, eto ang nilantakan ko nong housewarming party mo kaya di ako nakakain masyado ng ibang putahe, haha. i loved it very much… thankyou po ulit sa take home mangoes ko.

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  • December 13, 2011 at 9:11 am
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    hello po. nag send po ako ng email sa inyo. nabasa niyo na po ba?

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  • December 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm
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    Wow kagutom naman!! Iba talaga kapag may bagoong alamang ano po? For sure namiss nyo po unnie kumain ng Pinoy food. 🙂

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  • May 4, 2012 at 12:40 am
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    nice pinakbet.

    “mapait man ako, iyan ay totoo, lakas ng iyong buto, galing sa pait ko.”

    hehe. tula ko yan nung grade 1. gusto ko lng ishare. 😀

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  • May 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm
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    Hello po, ask Lang po ako Kung pwede tayo maka pag order nang whole pig lechon dito sa Korea? If Meron po pahingi po nang contacts. Salamat po.

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