pinakbet. Yes, pinakbet a paria, the bitter bitter melon made into pinakbet. This is one Ilokano dish that's somehow a test to prove one's mettle on "enjoying" what's bitter is better. This is real bitter, and genuine Ilokano bitterness aficionados prefer it this way. Just as they love the wild version of it. Just as they love papait as is. This is it, when you want a really bitter intake. But mind you, after the bitterness, there's this inevitable sweet aftertaste courtesy of its condiments, the tomatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, and of course, bugguong!
|Paria for sale: Php30.00 a kilo.|
|First, this is how sliced my paria, length-wise, in quarters, with young seeds and pith intact. Ilokano-style, yeah, baby!|
|Ready to go! With the obligatory kamatis, lasona, bawang, laya, and bugguong (not shown).|
|Here's it, pinakbet a paria, come, let's eat! Goes very well with your rice, newly cooked or leftover. Me, I put in a teaspoon of cooking oil in my rice to pair with this favorite Ilokano dish. It's so delicious, the bitterness is just so sweet!|