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Friday, April 2, 2010

Bacalao

Bacalao is a popular salted cod fish dish present in every Caviteñean house every Lenten season most especially on Good Friday. This is one the many dish we inherited from the Portuguese galleon traders that pre-dates Spanish occupation.


This is our version at home of the popular Spanish dish made of dried fish.


Ingredients:


2 big pieces bacalao (dried salted cod) or, as substitutes, dried salted lapu-lapu or barracuda
1 cup olive oil
4 potatoes, pared and quartered
1 head garlic, minced
2 cups garbanzos (chick peas), cooked
4 bell peppers (red and/or green), diced
atchuete oil
salt and pepper to taste


Procedure:
Soak the bacalao overnight. Drain. Flake fish, discarding bones.
Fry fish flakes in olive oil. Fry the potatoes to golden brown. Set aside. Saute garlic in olive oil. Pour in atchuete oil and one cup water, and bring to a boil. Add the fish, garbanzos, and peppers, stirring. Then put in the fried potatoes. Add more olive oil, if necessary. Salt and pepper to taste. Served with rice or bread.

Note: Some Caviteños add chopped cabbage as extenders. Others add onions and use tomato sauce for color.

Best paired with : Green Mango

Bacalao can also be eaten as palaman for hot pandesal.

24 comments:

  1. I beg to disaagree with your opening statement that "Bacalao is a popular salted cod fish dish present in every Caviteñean house every Lenten season most especially on Good Friday."

    Not all people in Cavite eat and serve Bacalao at all any time of the year. Es[ecially using a recipe that required olive oil!

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    1. I agree, My family is "legitimo Caviteno" (not Cavitenean) and I don't remember ever having bacalao in our house during Lent.

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    2. I think this blog refers to cavite city in particular not the entire cavite provice.becuase here in cavite city, it has been a tradition that every household serves bacalao every good friday

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    3. I was the one that posted the reply on April 16 and I am from Cavite City, as were my parents, grandparents, great- and great, great grandparent.

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    4. dude(reply april 16)! baka meron kayong sariling buhay kaya hindi ninyo alam ang bacalao!

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    5. Hindi ako sigurado kung ano ang ibig mong sabihin ng "may sariling buhay" at kung ano ang kinalaman nito sa kung alam ko kung ano ang bacalao o hindi. Ang alam ko, mali na i-generalize na lahat ng Caviteno at naghahanda nito kapag Viernes Santo. At tama lang na tanggapin at respetuhin ito ng mga mambabasa sa halip na husgahan ang kaibahan na ito.

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    6. Maybe not all but most of those who live in Cavite City the Bacalao is very popular dish during lent. That makes it popular. The blogger says popular and in not any way said "everybody" or "everyone" in Cavite City.

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    7. Hi! I live in Cavite City and I can say that Bacalao is a popular dish here in Cavite City during holy week. Ika nga hindi ka taga Cavite City kapag hindi mo alam o hindi ka nakatikim ng bacalao. To my surprise Bacalao is only being in serve here in Cavite City after knowing from my friends oustide Cavite City like Dasma, Gen Trias Cavite and Bacoor Cavite. They are not aware of Bacalao. But anyways it doesn't matter. Every places has it's own specialty and delicacies and I'm proud that we have a delicious dish that was pass on from generation to generation; from my grand mother up to my mother and now to me.

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    8. me either i'm pure caviteno from bacoor and we dont serve that bacalao...

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  2. saan ko po mabibili ang achuete oil..gusto ko mag try magluto ng bacalao?..thnks po

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    1. Sis pwede mo naman syang gamitan ng basang atsuete o kahit tuyong atsuete sa palengke

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  3. I would say it is the tradition of the old folks Caviteños to cook "bacalao" a dish that they serve in celebration during the Lent season. Not all Caviteños are familiar with this tradition. Since "bacalao" is very expensive not all Caviteños can afford to buy this kind of fish. Maybe that is one reason why thay are not serve in every Caveiteño/s household. Another reason is the purpose of following their religious custom. . . . Señor Gallo.

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  4. Sabrosu el bacalao con calienti pa de sal. Si nuay tu chinchao, sagu o gulaman masque frio soda ( pepsi, coca cola) puedi ya. . . . Señor Gallo.

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    1. Reading your post reminds me of my older folks. A true chabacanos. Bad thing is i can only understand but cant speak the language fluently because we only use tagalog inside house. About the topic!!! almost all chabacanos knows bacalao. Those who dont!!!! Malas nyo because it is muy sabrosu.

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  5. ....etong lutong ito ang bina balik balikan ko sa cavite..yung mga negative comment ewan ko lang kung kelan kayo pinanganak...pls read carefully..

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  6. bagay dyan enseladang kamatis sibuyas at letugas...

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  7. my mom used to make tanigue for bacalao. its paired with sago and gulaman and chinchao (have to buy it very early in the morning) I agree that not every one in cavite city eat bacalao esp. during Lenten season. seen it also how people alter the original dish to put veggies para daw pamparami...sad to say wala na yung dating lasa ng mga pagkain noon dyan sa caviye city..it's only the name ng mga matatanda ang natira :(...

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  8. As far as I can recall in my 72 years of existence, Bacalao cooked in olive oil has been a traditional fare during Good Friday and special occasions in my family. During lent we also have Baked Tuna (in cream of mushroom, potatoes and onions). On some occasions, pará makatipid, we use local daing na labahita. However, virgin olive oil is a must ingredient.

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  9. It appears there's some confusion here. True, not all Cavitenos are familiar with the bacalao. It is simply because this savory Spanish-Portuguese dish is a favorite of mostly Chabacanos living in Cavity City which used to be a spanish port thus the spanish influence. One may be legitimate caviteno but it does not mean he or she is a chabacano. And true, this is our traditional dish during lent here in the city.

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    1. Yes a traditional Caviteñean dish during lent in Cavite City

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  10. I'm not a native of Cavite City but living there for some years had made my family love this Lenten dish tradition which we look forward to every year. My Mom learned the recipe from a friend. And this is the one thing that I miss now that I live here in Toronto. Landed on this site in search of the recipe. My bacalao fish is soaking in water now. Can't wait to get cooking. Thanks for the recipe.

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  11. We are not from Cavite City but when my Grandmother is still alive she use to cook BAKALAO during Good Friday I miss it just last Sunday we had it as one of ourt menu for our yearly pabasa.

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  12. We always refer to "caviteños that lives outside cavite city as "taga-labas." Kayo yun malalakas ang accent. Yun legit daw yun nasa taas na taas, nde kayo siguro mahilig magluto o kayo yun lagi lang nabili na biling luto at di nagteterno—terno. digrasyaw bo!

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