Photo by Mildred Cruz… Balaw-balaw is a side dish that’s a specialty of Rizal province. It has a distinctive pinkish/light purplish color. “It’s like buro but without rice. Just shrimps, coconut milk, bamboo shoots, and ginger.”
Bagoóng is a paste made from fish or small shrimps that are salted and fermented for several weeks. The liquid byproduct is drawn off and used as a sauce called patis. Different areas of the Philippines have their own version of bagoóng.