There are no fancy restaurants and bars in Basco, Batanes. besides, when traveling, it is best to eat what locals eat so there are no need to look for such establishments.
Eating local delicacies can teach you a thing or two about the people’s culture or their way of life. And when in Batanes, no food trip is complete without trying a few of their iconic fish, the FLYING FISH!!
Aside from the Coconut Crab, one of the most sought after seafood in Batanes is the flying fish. The Ivatan calls this fish Dibang. These fish are migratory and you can enjoy them best during the months of January to March.
The Flying Fish of Batanes
Small flying fish can be made into daing while the the large ones, some reaching 10 to 12 inches, are best enjoyed grilled.
Inihaw na Flying Fish are sold at the Basco market during the late afternoons up to the early evening. One piece costs 50 pesos but use your haggling skills and you can have a discount of 10 pesos per fish.
Batanes Food Trip: Grilled Flying Fish
Though the flying fish looks like a giant galungong, its flesh tastes like bangus or milk fish. And just likethe bangus, extra caution is needed when eating this fish because some parts are a little bony or “matinik”.
This cheap Batanes delicacy can be shared by 2 persons and is perfect for the Batanes budget traveler and backpackers. Masarap na, Mura pa!!
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