Would You Try Rotten Fish?Saturday, January 15, 2011
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Would you dare try it?
Hell yeah! I would even eat it everyday if I could!
Ginamos, as it's known in my hometown Davao City, is made of fermented small fish that has been allowed to rot. It looks, sounds and smells disgusting. But for Davaoeños like myself, and people from most parts of Visayas and Mindanao, we hoard this delicacy like it's gold!
The smell of ginamos brings back childhood memories of summers spent in my province in Davao Oriental. We would eat ginamos with everything. That includes rice, fried fish, bananas, mangoes, sweet potatoes and even just by itself. My grandma would call us for merienda (afternoon snack) and we would all run to the kitchen and feast on boiled, unripe bananas with bowls of ginamos with chili and lemonsito (Philippine lemon). It makes my mouth water just thinking about it!
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In some regions in the Philippines, they use ginamos as a flavor enhancer instead of salt or soy sauce. They add it to vegetable dishes or ensalada which is a salad made mostly with mangoes, tomatoes and eggplants. They even use it as a condiment or a dipping sauce for anything and everything.
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My friends from Manila just gave me a look that said:
Are you serious? That sounds so disgusting.
Of course my friends from other parts of the world wouldn't even hear of it. They were just so disbelieving.
Hey, you guys actually eat maggots living in cheese! Ginamos sounds lame compared to that!
I haven't been back to my hometown in almost 4 years now. But one thing's for sure. The first meal I'll ask for is boiled bananas and a saucer full of ginamos with lots of lemonsito. Quirky or not, it's very Filipino. And it's delicious!
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Sole Sister Lois