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    How to Make Bagoong Pangasinan: Heavenly, Stinking Fish Sauce

    A visit or a drive-by Pangasinan won't ever be complete without noticing stalls and stalls of various Pangasinan pasalubong in bottles called bagoong and patis, but it's more enlightening if a short visit to a bagoong factory, particularly in Lingayen, would be made for a short cultural tour of bagoong making.

    How to make Bagoong?

    Bagoong's ingredients are just fish (usually galunggong (round scad), dilis (anchovy) and tirong (similar to dilis)), solar salt (naturally evaporated salt from seawater sourced mainly from the towns of Bolinao and Anda, Pangasinan) and water, mixed together and left to ferment for a few months in earthen pots called burnay in Ilocos. It's a process where patis is also created.

    a room full of earthen pots, called burnay in the vernacular, where bagoong fermentation process takes place for a few months
    burnay jar with bagoong up close
    a motion-blurred picture of a bagoong maker stirring the stinking concoction of fermented fish, salt and water
    patis (fish sauce) and bagoong for sale at a roadside stall selling pasalubong on the national highway in Lingayen, Pangasinan

    With the mixture of fish, salt and water fermenting inside the clay pots (the burnay) for a few months resulting in the exotic aroma loved by many, hated by some, combine it with calamansi for a truly Filipino dip for almost everything or an ulam by itself to underprivileged Filipinos.

    Bagoong is loved so much by Filipinos that it's not uncommon to see them at airports trying to "smuggle" bottles hand-carried only to be intercepted at destination airports abroad by customs and quarantine people (e.g. Australia and the US).

    Bagoong
    , the stinking fish sauce of Pangasinan: Smells like hell yet tastes like heaven.


    Related Post:
    Rufina Patis Factory, Malabon

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:43 PM,

    8 Comments:

    At Jan 20, 2010, 10:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Awww. I love my bagoong reddish brown. And buro. and bagoong alamang. - resty o.

     
    At Jan 21, 2010, 12:43:00 AM, Anonymous dodong flores said...

    Nice set of photos. I love the shot of the burnay jar with bagoong up close...

    I remember, the line "smells like hell yet tastes like heaven" is also being used to describe durian...

    By the way, a shameless plug. a fellow Cebuano, fellow Unificationist and a rising blogger featured me in his website. You can find it here. I hope you can take your time to view/read it...

     
    At Jan 22, 2010, 3:53:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    WE used to stop by one of these places to get bagoong. It's not bagoong and alamang if it's not from this region :)

     
    At Jan 26, 2010, 8:34:00 AM, Anonymous bw said...

    heavenly, stinking fish sauce ... hehehe.. what an oxymoron but so true :)

     
    At Oct 25, 2010, 6:27:00 AM, Blogger Life Moto said...

    thank you for nice info.

     
    At Oct 25, 2010, 11:24:00 AM, Blogger Life Moto said...

    I like the smell and taste of bagoong in pangasinan.
    btw i link your page in my blogsite.

     
    At Jul 30, 2011, 9:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Very nice info. I'm from Pangasinan and I really love bagoong. "Bagoong Padas" is my favorite ulam. Have you been to western Pangasinan? Particularly Bolinao. Check out Patar beach and the beautiful Bolinao Falls 1 & 2.

     
    At May 31, 2012, 11:53:00 PM, Blogger win said...

    Hi tutubi. I would like to request your permission to use your photos on buyog (jars in Pangasinan) on what I am researching on. But I would love to have these photos, a lot bigger and without the embedded tag. Will it be possible for you to send them to me through email? I would love to cite your name below the photos in the project I'm working on. Thank you.

    Erwin S. Fernandez

     

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