This weekend was seafood haven at my place. My mom and our maid went to this seaside marketplace in Paranaque which we call Bulungan. Bulungan is a tagalog word refers to a place where you whisper. But this happens in this marketplace because this is where fishermen from the coasts of Cavite drop their haul and sell it to market stalls. Market stall owners would then whisper bids to the fisherman to get their catch. Once the prices have been matched, the market stall owners then sell it to other market stall owners in markets further from the Bulungan. The market is alive every 5 a.m. and pretty much all the freshest catch has been bought already by 8 a.m.
My mom managed to buy a lot of tawilis in this bulungan trip. Once she cleaned them of their guts, she immediately salted them and dried them in the sun. Hence our quasi-fresh tuyo is ready to eat. I’m not so big a fan of tuyo, but I’m sure this would taste interesting if you mix it with some pasta! :3
To get to bulungan is quite tricky since the place is really nondescript. If you go to Paranaque, go to La Huerta (near Saint Paul Paranaque) and ride a large sidecar at 7-11 (or anywhere near the marketplace). Ask the driver to bring you to bulungan and he’ll be driving you through strange side streets and alleyways. Word of advice, get ready to get dirty when you’re there.