While my eyes feasted over different food like cold cuts, salmon, angus beef, salad and various dishes in a long buffet table at Chef Laudico’s Guevarra, I was more delighted when I found another section with Bagoong, eggplant and other green leafy vegetable. Though I have a lot other choices and I can quickly cook this at home, I added a portion in my plate as my side dish. I just couldn’t move on the long buffet missing this food in my meal.
Panaligan’s and Ernie’s Bagoong are among the special anchovies from Balayan. The town is known as manufacturer of famous Bagoong in Batangas.. Oh I love Anchovies and I am being redundant here. Okay! Again, Bagoong, Anchovies, whatever you may call it!
Bagoong, Fish Sauce or Salted Anchovies are made of fermented fish and salt. It may be stinky to other but not for me. The smell is heavenly. It serves as flavor enhancer in my food that gives a different appetizing aroma. It is perfect with sili and calamansi.
My children however find it stinky and would always say they lose appetite when they smell it. In my attempt to have them loved anchovy, I tried some recipes with this flavor but they didn’t like the taste. I guess their taste buds are just different from mine.
Some may find it weird but I completely agree that Guinamos is perfect with Saging na Saba.
Guinamos is Fish Bagoong in Southern Visayas.
photo credit: karlhans
Where can I buy Guinamos? Hoarding Guinamos is not a crime so I will buy a supply to last for a year or two just as long as it won’t reach the expiration date.