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Tabo-an

A story on Tabo-an Market and our love for dried fish.

Story by Gabby Cantero February 16th, 2016

Tabo-an is a popular market in Cebu, Philippines, known for pasalubongs. From dried mangoes to longganisa, you’ll find it all here but what sets Tabo-an apart from the other markets is its vast range of dried fish.

Trust me, we love our dried fish. It’s a staple breakfast in filipino homes usually served with garlic rice, a bowl of vinegar with red chilli peppers and a fried egg. Oh man, just typing that out makes me hungry. But here, we explore what Tabo-an Market has to offer. These are textures of dried fish of all kinds, shapes and sizes. And well, if you could, of all types of smell too.

Danggit or dried Rabbit fish.

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A typical market stall in Tabo-an.

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On the right is dried squid. It comes in different sizes and can be shredded to.

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Dilis (dried Anchovy) on the left and right in different sizes. Best served with a warm bowl of champorado on a cold morning or for rough days that you’d just want to eat your feelings away.

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Layers and layers of dried fish.
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Our food culture is rich of dried fish. We couldn’t be anymore prouder of these delicious smelly things.

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Tabo-An Public Market, Cebu City, Philippines