Sunday, July 20, 2008

Batanes • Food trip

One of the best things in making return trips is the fact that one can focus on the small details, in this case, the food they serve in batanes. And also equally important, how they serve it. The Dorado or dolphin fish is a prized catch in the waters off Batan and Itbayat. The fish has a chicken-like texture when served as is and not dried out under the sun. In lieu of the usual banana leaf, the Ivatan at times serve their rice and viands on the kabaya leaf. The huge, sturdy leaves of the tipoho tree, usually bigger than the large dinner plates, also do double duty as they are also used as a fan to stave off the afternoon heat and as shade when the sunlight is too much to bear or one has left his/her umbrella at home.

13 comments:

Leah said...

hi Oggie! Kumusta na?

I wondered what the leaf was coz it's not banana. Its pretty. Kabaya leaf pala.

lagal[og] said...

hi leah! ok naman, still alive and kicking :-)

yep, it's kabaya, one of the curiosities i've found on my third trip to batanes.

the donG said...

sarap talaga pag nasa dahon ang kakainin mo. kakagutom ng post niyo ni ferdz. makain na nga muna.

lagal[og] said...

hahaha dom, masarap nga kumain lalo na sa dahon. one thing i didn't notice nuong mga unang punta ko sa batanes ay yung hindi paggamit ng dahon ng saging para plato o placemat. matibay itong dahon ng kabaya, pagkatapos kumain, puwede pang i-recycle, hahaha.

the donG said...

talaga? pwedeng pang gamitin ulit. tibay nga. ngayon ko nga lang narinig ang kabaya.

nakikita din ba sa ibang parte ng bansa ang ganyang halaman?

lagal[og] said...

dom, the kabaya leaf is very durable. i used one to shade myself from the strong afternoon sun tapos ginamit ko ring pamaypay. buong-buo pa rin siya after kaya i'm sure magtatagal pa yun long after it dried up.

the donG said...

galing nga ng dahon na yan.

Lawstude said...

bai masarap daw jan lobster tsaka talangka na nakukuha sa puno ng niyog. iniisip ko pa lang parang mahihighblood na ko sa taas ng cholesterol lols.

lagal[og] said...

oman, i'll feature the crab next. the ivatans call it tatus and it's a princely P600 per kilo. grabe, ang taba ng alige niya, i only had a taste because it was very, very rich :-D

-donna- said...

Wow!!! Food photography naman...tsk tsk tsk

Great adventure again, stunning images!!

lagal[og] said...

hi donna! what a pleasant surprise to find you here :-)

Millie said...

Crisp bright colors. Nagutom ako dito ha. ang sarap talaga kamay kainan sa dahon lalo na kapag outdoor...sa ilalim ng puno haaayyy sarap.

lagal[og] said...

ang mga pagmumuni-muni mo talaga, panay pagkain millie

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