I thought galungong was one of poor man’s source of food – as ulam. Blame the environment where I grew up. My elementary and intermediated school mates often looked down on me whenever I had a pack lunch of fried/pinangat na galungong and rice. I used to hide it to avoid sharp observant eyes.
Is there any high profile restaurant serving galunggong recipe? I have never seen one! GG recipes are served in karenderia and other turo-turo restaurants.
Time to shine. The known poor man’s food is now imported from China – frozen and package in cartons.Imported galunggong are invading the marketplace. According to reports, we imported about 800,000 metric tons of fish in year 2011 alone. Sixty percent of which were galunggong. Imported is 20 pesos cheaper than local catch. Wew – imported but cheaper galunggong!
However, some customers never want imported galunggong. The eyes are turning red and bad smell are noticeable after a short span of time.
According to BFAR, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the permit of galunggong importers are for factory purposes only. They have no right to distribute frozen fish in public markets. They suggested a more strict policy on imports. A soon goodbye to cheaper GG?