One of the happiest moment for most of the baby boomers is taking a vacation to their native lands. Just like we, the 90’s babies, baby boomers are also into going back their childhood. Whenever they are in their birthplaces, most of the things they do is reminisce.
My mother, in celebration of the all souls’ day went home to Pangasinan. She spent five days there. When she got home, she took home different delicacies and exotic foods like bagoong (shrimp paste), binuro (fermented fish) and many more.
But, of my most awaited pasalubong from my mother was the Puto Calasiao.
Puto is a rice cake shaped like a muffin. This version from Pangasinan is bite-sized. Originally from the town of Calasiao, this rice cake is considered as one of the most prized delicacy of the region.
We, the urban people always wanted to take vacation in provinces where we are away from the pollution and stress. We always spend some money just to experience the breath-taking scenes.
Villa Balinmanok Resort from Pangasinan
One of the things I love in visiting places is the welcoming spirit of the locals, the alluring smiles, the ever friendly kids and the noticeable happy spirits. But I’m sure, everyone of us will allow a huge part of our budget to try delicacies and will take some home as pasalubong.
The greatest things that I admire to rural people are the ways they cook each and every delicacies. The traditional process of cooking such diet-crushers are handed down from generation to generation. I, myself is a believer that those foods cooked the traditional way are more tasty that those cooked with the faster processes.
The best example of such is the Nilatikang Bibingka from Pangasinan. My aunt who sells the treat will use a customized mold and charcoal to cook them. The traditional machine she uses to cook this made-to-order rice cake was obviously old, but still functioning well. My aunt’s market are her relatives who found family in the urban and just taking a vacation. She doesn’t earn that much in making the Nilataking Bibingka, but when someone ordered, she will still enthusiastically prepare it. Ika nga nila, pagmamahal na lang sa pagluluto.
Philippines is one of the countries with the most distinct, and peculiar culinary cultures and tradition. Weird, odd, special, unique, and many more. Just think of an adjective and it can be associated with food and cooking in the Philippines. Many foreigners admit, they love Filipino foods and the way we serve them.
Each and every place, provinces and region in the Philippines has this unique food product that represents their place. This is called the delicacy. When someone named that product, automatically, people who knows that product will spell where it came.