One of the really charming aspects of being in a small seaside town is the existence of ambulant seafood and produce vendors. On the main road in Culion, Palawan, throughout the day, vendors young and old walked past homes and small businesses on the main streets with freshly caught fish, minutes before gathered seaweed (lato), and freshly picked fruits as well. If you spot something you like while you are out on an errand, you can even purchase it and ask the vendor to walk it over to your homeâ€¦ talk about door to door service! And I haven’t asked but I am sure there is a credit system in place as well. You donâ€™t have to take a short ride to the nearby market if all you need is to fry up a few fish for lunch, just let out a friendly holler from your second story window!
Unfortunately, I was just visiting for the day and a guest of some terrific hosts who pulled out all the stops food wise, so there was no reason for me to go shopping for more seafoodâ€¦ But I could already imagine a nice fish stew, or a really sour sinigang, perhaps a bracing lato salad with cane vinegar or a cashew fruit shake to pucker the lipsâ€¦ Living in the province definitely has its advantages! And with fish here costing between PHP40-80 a kilo, it was about one-third to one-fourth the prices of the same fish in Manila or Batangas! Now if only I could get all of this fantastic produce back to Manila on a regular basisâ€¦