August 12, 2009

ABC Wed R5 : the letter "D"




D is for
Dried




The Philippines, being an archipelago, fishing is a major source of income. long time ago, when electricity and refrigeration (and freezing) is not yet available, fishing folks sort to dry fish and other seafood to preserve it. they cure it w/ salt (or saline) and dry it under the sun. drying seafood is also a way of food security during the rainy season when no sunshine and pure rains will visit us in weeks. in every coastal towns and cities in the Philippines, they have different ways of curing, drying depending on what specie.

On this photo, that is Taboan Market in Cebu City, Cebu and its the trading post for dried seafood like the most famous Danggit (rabbit fish); octopus; squid; swordfish; anchovies and a lot more species and it comes in all sizes and levels of salinity. going there is heaven for me since i really love Danggit. but a word of caution, when you visited this section of the market, the salty fishy smell will cling on you for hours. taking a bath and laundry will only lessen it. what a shame that i felt when i got back to the hotel. i immediately took a bath and changed clothes for we (me and my sister) will be going to Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental in a couple of hours. i sealed my clothes on a plastic bag so that other stuff on my luggage will not get its smell.

Have a Great Wednesday to all of us :D



Photo herein are captured using
Canon Powershot A100is in
Taboan Market
Cebu City, Cebu
last 23rd of February 2009
by ShutterHappy Jenn

kisses

15 comments:

RuneE said...

Nive colours!

mrsnesbitt said...

Good advice re sealing clothes in bag me thinks!

photowannabe said...

Great information and good picture. I had to seal my clothes in plastic bags too when we came back from Africa. Its a great idea.

Mara said...

I would have thought that by drying it, the smell would mostly have gone.
I like the story

Janie said...

An interesting market, but I would imagine the fishy smell would cling. Good idea to seal your clothes.

Sylvia K said...

I love fish and fish markets and the fish look delicious! Great idea to seal your clothing in a bag! Great shot and post!

Have a great day!
Sylvia

Irene Toh said...

Salted fish makes a good dish actually.

Hildred and Charles said...

Great post, - the fish look good, but the smell does linger, it seems.

Tumblewords: said...

So interesting - great post!

Jama said...

I'm not a big fan of dried fish, except anchovies. This is a must have in my house.

Roger Owen Green said...

drying was the historical way to go in the days before refrigeration; interesting

Grace and Bradley said...

It must be good for these salted fishes, when they cooked correctly. I suppose salting and drying are only way to preserve the meat in the old day. But its special taste make it last even with today's refrigerated kitchen life.

Rose said...

Very interesting post! Reminds me of some Norwegian acquaintances who enjoyed the fish preserved in lye called lutefisk. I was never brave enough to try it, though:) Good idea to seal those "fishy" clothes in a plastic bag!

Jay said...

I am unlikely to go anywhere near that market, but thanks for the tip! LOL!

Leslie: said...

OOOH, I just love fish and I bet it's good like that! :D

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