Buro or Pickles

Batangas has not forgotten the art of making buro or pickles, and many markets still sell these in large containers.

Batangas lomi

Batangas lomi, invented in Lipa City, is notable for the absence of vegetables and its thick delicious broth.


Buchi-buchi, a traditional Filipino snack, is still sold in many markets around Batangas.


Those of younger generations will probably say banana cue, but there are those in Batangas who still refer thos favorite as sundot-saging.


Called bilo-bilo or paridusdos elsewhere, Batangas' pinindot is frequently just plain rice balls sometimes with bits of sweet potato or nangka.

My Weekend as a Chef

As I write this article, I have been contemplating what to cook for lunch. On a Sunday like this, my nephews and niece usually join us for lunch. It has been a traditional family ‘bonding time’ for us.

People close to me have a clear idea how I spend my weekends. I usually venture out searching for the right and perfect ingredients for my recipes.

Spicy Pork-Vegetable Torta

Those who love a torta may wish to give this pork and vegetable combination a try. Some of the ingredients may be similar to what others bake into a meatloaf; but this dish is quicker to do because it is pan-fried. Not only is it simple to do, there is also the added benefit of vegetables to make this even a complete meal by itself.

Crunchy Sautéed Ampalaya

Bitter gourd or ampalaya is not exactly everyone’s favorite; and, of course, the bitterness of this vegetable is always the main issue. For those who do love ampalaya, however – and it has documented medicinal properties – here is a simple dish that can be done on the fly. Preparation and cooking may take as little as twenty minutes; thirty at the most.

Pinakbet with Gata (Vegetables Cooked with Coconut Milk)

We have taken liberties in the use of the word ‘pinakbet,’ that originally Ilocano dish which is known not only for its stark simplicity but also for being tasty and healthy. That this is inspired by that classic Ilocano favorite, though, is unmistakable. Taking a cue from the Bicolanos, which of course we are not, we have tweaked the original pinakbet a bit by adding coconut milk and lacing it with chili. Those who are not particularly fond of ampalaya (bitter gourd) may be surprised to find that it can be not so bitter, after all.

Spicy Vegetable Combo in Coconut Milk

This unorthodox mix of vegetables shows what a perfect relationship coconut milk enjoys with shrimp paste and chili. When you come to think about it, just about anything can be cooked using the trio of ingredients, as most Bicolanos will attest to. Preparation of this dish is a bit fussy because of the peeling and slicing required; but cooking is simple and quick. Moreover, as those who will try this will discover, this meal is also surprisingly delicious.

Tortang Okra (Okra Omelet)

Those who need to cook on the fly may wish to try this simple but healthy and tasty recipe. The okra omelet is good enough as a standalone meal for those on a vegetarian diet or may be served with fish or meat. It is perfect as a breakfast meal but can be just as good served for lunch or supper.

Adobong Pusit (Squid Adobo)

This squid adobo comes with a twist and is probably not quite how your mothers made theirs. It is also probably not as healthy because there is sinful pork belly in what is, traditionally, a seafood delight. Whatever it gives up in healthiness, however, this recipe more than makes up for in taste. It also uses both fish and soy sauce, the former providing the ‘bite’ that soy sauce alone does not quite provide. As with the other recipes so far featured on Food Batangas, this one is remarkably easy and quick to cook.

Fish Sarciado

Tired of your unimaginative fried fish? You can actually make a tasty soup of it with just a few more steps using this recipe. As with the others so far posted in this site, this dish is remarkably easy to cook and even those who are neophytes in the kitchen will not have any problems doing this whatsoever.

Sautéed Pechay (Snow Cabbage)

This dish is almost too embarrassingly simple to include in this web site, but we figured that there will be those who are just learning to cook and will need any sort of help getting started. Sautéed or guinisang pechay is quite as ordinary as a Filipino dish can get; but its simplicity should not detract from the fact that it is not only tasty; it is also very healthy. Should be excellent served with crispy fried fish any day!