Batanes (Part 5) – Delicacy

July 27

Even before going to Sabtang Island, I had the chance to try this delicacy from one restaurant.  I had it for breakfast paired with fried rice.  Since Batanes is abundant in beef and seafood, you would be amazed that it is very common in every household to have their own delicacy prepared … up class (rooftop to be exact!).

Weird looking indeed when you get to see them like this… but when I saw this, the first thing that came to my mind were the following:

  1. Plate
  2. Spoon and Fork
  3. 1 Big Glass of Water (ice cold)
  4. Garlic Fried Rice
  5. Chopped Tomatoes, Chopped Onions, Chopped Cilantro and Chopped Garlic

My…. oh…. my!!!!!

Wondering what this is?  One day old-dried FLYING FISH (di-bang).  As far as I know, minimal salt was used to let it dehydrate.  What they do, after they catch the flying fish, they clean it, open it up, let it dry for one day… and that’s it.  But I guess, if they will store it for the rainy season, salt should be added for proper preservation.

Because the weather that day was blistering HOT, the locals took advantage of the heat.  Forget about rooftops, as long as they can hang it outside, they will.  Came across this one… up above a tree…


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