Located south of Metro Manila, the province is a hub of culinary activity with gastronomic delights in pockets around the area.
Whether you’re looking to sample and study their heritage cuisine or spend your cheat days with friends, Batangas has something for every foodie.
Here’s a list of great finds when in the province:
Panutsa is a well-loved delicacy in Batangas, usually sold in stalls around the area and in buses for inbound trips to the province.
Batangas’ version of peanut brittle is topped with sea salt to balance the sweetness of the muscovado sugar. It is also best paired with calamansi juice mixed with turmeric, making it a perfect appetizer or snack.
Sopas a la Pobre
Sopas a la Pobre, also known as bulalo in Batangas, is a comforting soup that will soothe both your body and soul.
This unique version of bulalo in Batangas has malunggay leaves, miswa, and turmeric.
Adobo sa Dilaw
Originally founded in the town of Taal, Adobo sa Dilaw uses the ingredients found in a typical Filipino adobo dish but adds turmeric or luyang dilaw in place of soy sauce.
The use of turmeric gives the dish a robust color and a distinct rich flavor.
Sinaing na Tulingan
Sinaing na Tulingan is one of the staple dishes in the province. The tulingan or skipjack tuna is braised together with sun-dried tamarind and pork fat in slow fire for six to eight hours. It is usually served in palayok (clay pots).
Batangueños say that the tulingan’s tail is poisonous if improperly prepared but they know how to cook it the right way – true-blue ala eh style.
Tablea Suman is a sticky rice dessert wrapped and cooked in banana leaves and topped with tablea chocolate or grounded nibs of cocoa beans.
The chocolate from the suman stands as a sweetener when paired with original kapeng barako.
If you want to have all these dishes in one meal, under one roof, head over to The Goco Ancestral House. Located at Calle H. Castillo, The Goco Ancestral House, one of Taal’s earliest bahay na bato, was formerly resided by former Ambassador Raul Goco and his father Juan Cabrera Goco, the treasurer of the Katipunan.
Today, Pio Goco, the third-generation member of the clan, tours guests around Taal and offers lunch or dinner in their house via appointment, and as part of the guided tour. You get to try all the mouthwatering dishes and have someone tell you the story behind each, leaving with a full belly and a full head of new knowledge. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact him at 09173737346.