Cebu City, Cebu
23 February 2009
A trip to Cebu City will never be complete if one doesn’t go to Tabo-an Market to buy Cebu’s most famous product: the dried danggit. Getting to Taboan Market was a tricky thing for my brother and I as we didn’t want to take the taxi going there. Brother said that one of the best ways to explore a place is to travel using the public transportation, and as soon as we saw a jeepney with “Taboan Market” printed on it’s side, we got in and off we went.
It was a bit of a long travel, and we actually overshoot our target place - we told the driver’s assistant to drop us off at the Taboan Market, but because of the long travel, he kind of forgotten us. Brother and I just walked back ’til we reach Taboan Market, and at first we thought we entered a different market, until somebody showed us the way where we could buy the dried seafoods.
Mom just asked us to buy dried squids, but along with that, I bought dried anchovies (boneless), and we also bought some dried danggit. It was so wonderful to see that much dried seafoods, but of course this market sells different products, too, and just like any other market, they do sell the basic produce, too.
The dried products come in different sizes and prices, so choose well. There are also different types - some were salted, some aren’t. Of course, the unsalted ones were much more expensive, but feel free to haggle with the store owner and you might get discounts or they might add some in your basket.
Just one advice… if you are to drop by this market, please do come in your simplest attire, and if you can don’t take a shower before you come here because the smell of the dried seafoods will definitely cling to your clothes. Brother and I actually need to fix ourselves again the soonest time we got back at the hotel because we smelled like we were one of the dried fishes for sale, too! Hehehe.
*** Jenn ***