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Balot Tables


Balot tables beside the Cotta Fort in Ozamiz City

Balot snacking (spelled as balut in Manila), is a sit-down and unhurried street food indulgence in Misamis Occidental. Several small tables with chairs are available. On top of the table are the vinegar and salt condiments; under the table is a bin for egg shells and other throwaways. Indeed it’s only in Oroquieta and Ozamiz where I’ve seen an outdoor table service for balot so far.


Spiced vinegar and salt as condiments for eating balot

It is my observation that folks from Visayas and Mindanao love balot so much and treat it as an ordinary everyday fare. I’m from Visayas and I eat balot from my elementary days until now. I cannot imagine Manila kids doing the same level of indulgence on this delightful snack. Even though Manila population consists of migrant folks from VisMin, it seems that the passing down of balot snacking to the next generation is not easy. Availability isn’t the problem, rather it’s the lack of ‘balot-eating’ ambiance in mega cities. Too bad.


Balot tables near the plaza in Oroquieta City



Tangkong is the Visayan term (Ilonggo or Cebuano) for water spinach and known as kangkong countrywide.

Here’s a stanza from the Provincial Jail song (radio drama song) that I hear all the time in Bacolod in the past that the lyrics still in my head.

Ang amon na utan ginulot na langka, tinuktok nga tangkong bisan asin wala
Samtang naga kaon ga tulo ang luha, daw ano kasubo kung imo makita


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