Although not talked about on social media, buwad is actually one of the things Cebu is known for and I can assure you, no true blue Cebuano will not miss this delicacy! Just ask any of your Cebuano friends for their usual requests from home and I’m certain most will have one kind of buwad (may it be pusit, danggit, pinikas, bolinao, etc.) on that list.
This is especially true for Cebuanos who are now outside of the country! I’m sure many of them have a lot of stories on their “techniques” on how to bring them admittedly fish smelling delicacy into the airplane and ultimately into a foreign country. More common stories I’m sure would include cooking buwad indoors in housing units that are close to one another causing mayhem to their neighbors for the unfamiliar smell it produces.
I’m not sure where most people are buying their buwad these days but for the longest time, I’ve always known one place in the metro known for just this delicacy and that’s Tabo-an.
Of course this blog wouldn’t be much without pictures so without further delay, below are some of the sights you can see and of course prepare to see the wide variety of dried fishes you can shop here.
For those who can’t imagine how these raw dried fish will look once prepared, here are some examples for your reference:
All that said, and if you’re still around without having to run to the nearest market/store you can get a hold of buwad yet, then let me conclude by telling you that if you haven’t tried the Tabo-an experience, you really should especially if you are Cebuano.
Lastly, although buwad was once labeled food for the poor, I can guaranty you these days, the demand for Cebu’s dried fish is just so high that the prices of most are just too expensive for most people. Imagine uncooked pusit is at least Php 1,100.00 per kilo. Alejo’s lechon can be had for like Php 600.00 per kilo already and that’s ready to eat! Man we sure are long past the time buwad is only for the poor which is of course sad.
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