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Pinoy Food : A Taste of Baler's Ensaladang Pako


I must admit, I am not as Adventurista that you might think when it comes to food. Shame on me! Hahaha! I'm not just comfortable eating dishes that I am not accustomed to. Hehehe! But my recent trip to Aurora province changed it all when my friends from Baler introduced me to their “Ensaladang Pako”.

I’m not sure if this is native to the town or to the province, but I’m certain that the others also have their own version of this – perhaps, with a different name.

How to prepare Baler's Ensaladang Pako

1. Wash the ferns


2. Garnish the pako with tomatoes


3. Add sliced salted egg


4. It's done! Enjoy the pako!


Regardless of how exotic this native salad might be, I really enjoyed it and will certainly ask for another serving on my next trip to Aurora. Be it a main dish, a zesty salad or in our case as pulutan, this is a must-try when visiting the province!

I didn’t just fell in love with Aurora, but also to their “Ensaladang Pako”.


This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival for July 2011 with the theme “Awesome Food Experience While Traveling In The Philippines” hosted by Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet.


How about you? What's your Awesome Food Experience while traveling around the Philippines?


My 4-day "love affair" with Aurora happened last June 11-14, 2011. Here's a series of posts on what transpired during my stay in a province that I quickly have fallen in love with. This is my 4th solo trip and 27th province on my list.
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27 comments :

  1. Ensaladang Pako, is it ok to partner with fried fish? :D
    *nakakain pala yun sir :D

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  2. uso din apla ang pako sa baler... sa tayabas, quezon lang ako madals makakain nyan.

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  3. Maraming pako from Mount Banahaw. You can easily buy it in Laguna. Pinakamaraming tinda sa Liliw, Nagcarlan and Majayjay. Meron din sa Lucban. It's only 20 pesos per 3 bundles. It's best eaten with tomatoes, onion, itlog na maalat and kesong puti then drizzle with dressing made of suka, calamansi juice, water, salt, black pepper and olive oil (optional). Kung nakapunta ka na sa Lake Pandin sa San Pablo, Laguna, kasama sa menu ng lunch nila ang Ensaladang Pako :)

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  4. We have also lots of "pako," that type of ferns which thrive in marsh lands, here in the island. And, exactly we also do the ensalaladang pako here, a truly awesome food recipe.

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  5. astig post. hahaha... alam ko nakatikim na ako niyan. masarap to.

    masubukan nga.

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  6. @Renevic - fried galunggong would be nice... hehehe!!! yeah, dati naririning ko lang ang Pako Salad, this is the first time I ever tasted it... Thanks Renevic! :)

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  7. @Anonymous - wow! may iba't-ibang version nga cya sa ibang lugar... thanks for sharing... :)

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  8. @Islandvacations - ahahaha!!! sarap noh? di ko nga alam na pwede palang pulutan... sarap partner sa Empi... Hahaha! Thanks po! :)

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  9. @dong ho - try mo na ulit... ewan ko lang kung san makakabili nito sa Manila... Let me know pag may nakita ka... hehehe! Thanks Dom! :)

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  10. @thepinaysolobackpacker - yeah, sarap nyan! try mo pag nag visit ka sa Baler... Thanks Gael! :)

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  11. i did not know you can eat ferns!! I gotta try it when I visit home again.

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  12. Dati paborito yung ginataang pako pero noong natikman ko tong ensaladang pako, mas fresh at masarap :)

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  13. wow nagbaler ako pero di ko yan natikman, mukhang must try :)

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  14. @lakwatsera de primera - dapat ma-try ko din yang ginataang pako na yan... heheh! thanks Claire! :)

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  15. @adventurousfeet - ay sayang naman... pag punta mo ulit... thanks CA! :)

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  16. @Ding | Explored! - yeah, i'm craving for it nga eh... hehehe!!!

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  17. Sa Quezon, I got to eat this salad with canned sardines on the side. Ang sarap!

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  18. Great to know there is someone also who this type of preparation.

    I also did this with Calamba-Online post - http://calamba-online.com/2010/08/29/fiddlehead-fern-along-calamba-road/

    Family love it...

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  19. @Jenn - wow! i wanna try that combination,.. thanks Jenn... :)

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  20. kulang... samin may bagoong isda. Mas masarap. But this is so good. Hindi madaling pagsawaan. Sayang lang talaga mahirap siya makuha e no. Maricar btw. =)

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  21. @Malditang "Kura"cha - i heard masarap nga daw kung may bagoong... salamat Maricar! :)

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  22. wow, yummy, green is good, that's what my parents use to say hahahaha.

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