08 July 2013

Kalingking na Batag

Vacationing out of town is useless if you don’t get to try or learn something new. During our most recent family vacation in Bicol where we experience “the life” from the peak of luxury to the humblest of barrio living, I happened to experience both. I tried their local delicacy and learned how to make it myself. I haven’t tried making it on my own, but I’m sure I’ll get there one of these days. 

One of the many meriendas given to us by our relative was Kalingking na Batag (it is a Bañadero, Daraga, Albay dialect, I needed to write it down because I cannot memorize it.hehe). It is similar to our maruya here in Manila but actually different. Because 1) they use only hilaw na saba (raw cardava banana) and 2) it is cut into strips (like French fries). Why hilaw, that they can’t answer exactly.
Hilaw na saging na saba, cut into strips
Flour
Sugar
Water
Oil for frying
1) Dissolve flour and sugar in the water, add saba strip.

2) Get a bunch and fry (according to my cousin, traditionally they use banana leaf to form it when frying)

3) Serve and enjoy.
My take: The tenderness of the raw saba complements to its crunchiness when fried. It also neutralizes the sweet taste. Since it uses only flour, it doesn’t over power the banana.
Tip: Start frying early and make a lot. It will surely be a hit.
The verdict: You will definitely ask for more.

48 comments:

  1. Interesting local delicacy. Mukhang madali namang gawin, try natin iluto minsan yan! :)

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    1. Oo nga eh, timely may nagbigay sa'min ng hilaw na saba. Kaso sa weekend ko pa maluluto, malamang hinog na yon by that time. Epic Fail.hehe

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  2. it's like banana q except it has flour.. cool!

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  3. I saw one of this type but they used sweet potato...must try this on weekend.

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  4. This is so interesting. I'm gonna try this one soon. Thanks for sharing:)

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  5. Ang versatile talaga ng saba! You can fry it, boil it and even cook it together with some dishes :)

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    1. Tama. Kaya nga lagi akong may saba pagnanamalengke, kahit wala pa kong exact na paggagamitan.

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  6. Parang banana cue lang with a twist. :-) I think I will like this one also.

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    1. More of, maruya with a twist. You'll like it, the sweetest isn't overpowering.

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  7. wow, sarap niyan! this is a great snack idea

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  8. We actually cook that! Ngayon ko lang nalaman ang pangalan. Makes sense because I was born in Bicol!

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    1. Really? Nice roots you got there. #Biased

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  9. Uyy, comfort food. Would love to try that...

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  10. have you tried cooking this using kamote? if not, try it its tasty too..:-)

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    1. Not yet, I'm sure it will too. Thanks for suggesting.

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  11. Parang french fries. Matry nga ito for a change :)

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    1. Makes it more catchy to our kids'eyes.

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  12. I'll try this soon. I'll make it for bf. :)

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  13. this is great, i'll try to cook this

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  14. Wow sarap ng merienda! hindi ba matigas ang hilaw na saba?

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    1. Hindi naman. Parang medyo makunat lang ang effect.

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  15. looks like banana fries! a variation! very nice!

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  16. Banana fries! :) Perfect pang snacks ng mga kids. It's tastier and healthier than french fries!

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  17. wow, parang other form of maruya! nice and very easy to prepare. hmm, ba't nga kaya raw saba noh? i'm curious! hihi! anyway, this looks yum. might try that one day. thanks!

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    1. I guess you'll understand once tasted.hehe

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  18. hmmm... parang french fries, pero banana version.:) galing! nice alternative to the usual banana cue.

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  19. It's worth trying as it doesn't seemed hard to prepare. Great snack that's healthy and cheap. :)

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    1. It was so easy, I just instructed our house help and she got it right. =)

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  20. Sounds like an interesting food! I love bananas pa naman... it's like our maruya.

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  21. Perhaps they use hilaw na saba so it won't be soggy when cooked. Ripe bananas would turn out too soft when cut into strips then fried. :-)

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    1. I think you got it right. Are you from Bicol?hehe

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  22. This is a good try! We have here in Negros the Kumbo, it's using ripe bananas dipped in flour and fried.

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    1. Every locality has its version.

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  23. Will try this one! Never knew about this one even when I visited Bicol two years ago.

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    1. I guess you have to be "in the community". It was served in my relative's abode.

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  24. Nakakagutom naman. Will try this.

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