Whenever we are out at the beach, we try to hit the local Nasugbu market and stock up on fresh fish. Prices aren’t much lower than Manila, but the quality and freshness is usually well worth the effort. Manang Nene is one of our sukis at the market, and we have been going to her for some 9-10 years. She always seems to have a good selection of alumahan, galunggong, an occasional talakitok, etc. Not the fancier types of fish… more the “everyday” deep fryable, or grillable favorites. On our most recent trip, we stopped by her stall to buy 6 kilos of alumahan.
She almost always has the freshest looking fish, and I suspect her relatives or neighbors actually catch much of it, rather than just re-selling the stock of large suppliers or wholesalers. Her pans of fish rest on top of large pails that hold additional stocks…
…like any truly good suki, she tells me when the fish isn’t as fresh as it should be, hence I pass on whatever she has on offer that day. Located near the street side of the market, she and her partner (not sure if he is a spouse, friend, significant other) can spot me coming to market from 50 plus meters away… And they always let me know if there are good pickings!
I never noticed this sign of hers before, but it hangs just above her head on her corner spot at the market. Look for it the next time you are in the Nasugbu market.
And talk about good timing… check out the t-shirt on Manang’s partner who was tasked with cleaning out the entrails of the fish we just purchased. Does it look familiar? :) Now what are the chances of my dropping in (say 1-2x a month only) and he would be wearing that particular t-shirt?! :)