Batangueños has a different way of cooking. One wouldn’t complete his Batangas trip if he has not tasted one of Batangas best delicacies. Here are the foods you should not miss to try when you visit Batangas City.
Lomi – your visit in Batangas will not be completed without tasting their very own Batangas Lomi. Lomi houses have been a part of the roads and towns of the province. It’s a must taste delicacy, you can try different lomi dishes on various places of the province. So better not miss this when you visit Batangas.
Kalderetang Kambing (Stewed Goats Meat) – A popular delicacy in the province, especially during the Town Ffiestas. Here in Batangas City, kaldereta is cooked differently, tomato sauce is a no no. Try this delicacy next time you visit in the province during Fiestas, or order in the nearest local Batangas Beach resorts, hotels and restaurants.
Bulalo (Beef Bone Marrow and Shank Boiled) – another common Batangas delicacy along the highway of different parts of the province. Most of the restaurants, some hotels and resorts serve bulalo as their special meal. Another not-to-miss delicacy, here in Batangas City and considered as one of the best in the Philippines.
Lechon (Roasted Pig) is the Phillipines most sought after dish. But, you should try lechon, the Batangas way. Batangueños has a different way in roasting the pig. They preserve the crispy skin of the pig. The sauce has a special ingredient, which makes the lechon a sumptuous delicacy in Batangas.
Bulanglang Batangas This popular simple vegetable dish of boiled vegetables is similar to dinengdeng and utan. Batangas style Bulanglang is a medley of fresh & healthy vegetables boiled in rice washing with garlic, ginger and tomatoes.
Kapeng Barako – Barako a tagalog word which means strong man or manliness, and kape means coffee. Because of its strong taste, it got the name kapeng barako. Kapeng barako turned out to be a common name for all coffee from Batangas. It’s a rare and exotic coffee fully-grown in Lipa and other high places in Batangas, and known for its strong taste.
Batangas Panutsa, also called peanut brittle is a delicacy that is a hit among the people of Batangas. It is commonly sold in buses for inbound or outbound trips to the province and stalls around Batangas.
Suman, in general, is a product made of sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves, steamed, and then served with sauce made of melted sugar with coconut milk. Sumang Magkayakap of Batangas, particularly in Tanauan City, are called as such because two sumans are tied together, appearing to be embracing each one. Yakap is the Tagalog translation for embrace.
Gotong Batangas – this not the typical goto because it does not contain rice. That is what separates it from regular goto. It is quite similar to another Filipino dish called Papaitan that also uses innards as its main ingredient. Gotong Batangas is usually cooked using tripes but other innards and sometimes even meat is added to the mix. This kind of goto originated from Lipa, Batangas.
Kilawin (Pickled Fish) – it is fresh fish soaked in vinegar and acidic juices like lemon, lime, or the local kalamansi, with lots of tiny chopped onions, fresh garlic, and hot peppers, its really good when the fish is still very fresh, as in just caught and straight ahead to the chopping board.
Adobong Dilaw – Be amazed on how Batanguenos cook their adobo’s on a different way. Adobo is usually cooked with soy sauce in most parts of the Philippines. Batanguenos cooks it with yellow ginger instead of soy sauce. Making adobo in Batangas with a distinctive color of yellowish green. Must try!
Tapang Taal - is considered the main product of Taal Batangas, This Tapa (Jerked Pork) got its taste from being marinated in soy sauce, garlic and calamansi. It’s best enjoyed for breakfast, with garlic rice and sunny side up egg on the side. In the town of Taal, it is even served with hot tablea (cocoa) chocolate poured in rice. Food lovers must try this when you visiting the town of Taal.