Batangas Food Trip: Must Try Dishes In Batangas
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When I want to disconnect from everything and take a quick break – with no hesitation – I’d head over to Batangas and unwind.
Aside from being my mother’s hometown, one can truly enjoy the solitude and sweeping views of the Taal Lake in San Nicolas town, the historical Taal Basilica, the stunning beaches in Catalagan, and the endless outdoor activities for the adrenaline seekers.
And with just a 3 to 4-hour drive from the Metro, we can all enjoy a quick getaway trip, and the chance to eat some of the irresistible delicacies worthy of a try.
As a proud Batangueña, I am humbled to share with you the best dishes and delicacies our province has to offer (in no particular order) – and hopefully, you get to try soon as well! Read along, you guys!
Sinaing na Tulingan
One of the most famous viands to try in Batangas is the “Sinaing na Tulingan.” Believe it or not, you’ll see most kitchen household with this dish — cooked inside a palayok or clay pot — which they say is the best way to make this dish more flavorful. This dish is composed of a bullet tuna; a type of saltwater, a kamias, and then added with salt, garlic, and freshly ground pepper for flavor. You can even add a siling mahaba if you want to add a bit of spice.
Sinigang na Maliputo
Batangas is also known for its Maliputo Festival celebrated every August 8th, in celebration of their famous freshwater fish which can only be found in Taal Lake. Launched in 1997, during the first term of office of Mayor Epifanio “Peping” Sandoval, this festival has paved way to further promote its significant product and bustling town. Because of its rarity, this fish can be quite pricey – and can reach high as PHP600 per kilo.
For a change, I recommend you try the famous Sinigang na Maliputo recipe, mixed with different kinds of vegetables, and flavored with unripe tamarind to achieve the right ‘kick’ of a sourly taste.
Suman is everywhere, but Sumang Batangas is one-of-a-kind. It’s known for its chewy nutty taste and is best eaten either cold or hot. Suman and kapeng barako is the perfect combo if you’re here in Batangas. Locals say that the secret behind this famous rice cake lies in the glutinous rice. This is probably one of the best snacks I can eat almost every day.
Batangas, a province surrounded with towns that punches above its weight when it comes to Lomi.
You’d probably see this “Number 1 Lomis” in the metro, but everywhere I must say that you can only taste the authentic lomi here in Batangas. What makes this dish standout from the rest is its tender noodles and rich sauce. You can choose your toppings from boiled egg, vegetables, onion leeks or chopped scallions, chicken meat, liempo, chicharron, squid balls, and pork liver.
If you’d ask how a Batangueno make his own separate mixture, it’ll be perfect to mix altogether a calamansi, soy sauce, and of course a chili pepper for that flavorful combination.
We’ve had eaten Bulalo a countless time, and had our fair share of favorites. Most say that the best ones are in Tagaytay, while the latter prefer to choose dining in high-end restaurants having their modern take of the dish. However, if you want that good ‘ol Bulalo cooked in a traditional way, then visit Batangas. The recipe is composed of a beef shank, bone marrow, then added with salt, fish sauce, and pepper to taste. This might sound simple, but the secret in cooking the perfect bulalo is the way they are boiled and how the meat is tenderized.
A lot have tried making their version of tapa in the comfort of their own kitchen, but nothing beats the flavor of Tapang Taal. Although they’re made from the usual pork, it’s marinated with a soy sauce, garlic, pepper, calamansi juice, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar for that unique taste. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Have it a try and see what I mean!
Adobo Sa Dilaw
I’m also amused how the Batangueños masterfully made a twist of our country’s famous Adobo cooked in soy sauce and vinegar. The first time I got to see this dish, I thought it was a Tinola (Filipino chicken recipe) with no soup! LOL! This dish is basically cooked like the normal adobo but the adobo sa dilaw is cooked using a luyang dilaw. This is one of my top favorite dishes in Batangas, then served with 2-3 cups of steamed rice…or more! Yummm!
I used to hate the smell of Tinapa when I was younger, but turns out to be my favorite Batangueño Dishes right now (best paired with vinegar of course.) Not to mention, you can buy lots of tinapa especially in the town of Lemery, which is also known to celebrate the Tinapa Festival every 14th of May. Don’t forget to buy a pack and take it home! Just make sure they’re wrapped well in a newspaper so the smell won’t spread all over during the long commute.
Don’t we just love bagoong? But let me tell you, you’ll fall in love with Bagoong Balayan more! Being a known manufacturer of anchovies in Batangas, their bagoong is basically made of anchovies and salt are blended together and stored in containers called tapayan or a large earthen jar for partial fermentation. Usually, the locals enjoy their bagoong by adding a sautéed garlic in cooking oil. So, if they only have a fried fish or pork for a meal, this is the perfect combo for it! Try eating with bare hands too!
From the bus terminals, souvenir shops, and market, you’ll see the famous Panutsa or Peanut Brittle. Aside from suman, this is another perfect snack to nibble on while stuck on traffic! And perfect for those who love nuts!
Batangas, without a doubt, is my favorite province. Whether I chose to have a me-time or reunite with the relatives, this province surely has a lot of things to offer I wouldn’t get tired of getting back to. The locals are so friendly and hospitable, you’d even want to live here!
So, if you ever get the chance to take a short getaway trip here, make sure to try some of the delicacies mentioned above. You won’t regret it!