Dried Salted Bangsi
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We’ve all heard that since… well, forever. And a great breakfast is also a great way to start off any event. On this note, the Soccsksargen Experience (SEx) was very successful. The first meal of the three day tour was a hearty Filipino breakfast at Cresing’s Food Products in Maitum, Sarangani Province.
Maitum’s most popular product is the Bangsi, a flying fish. Bangsi is usually dried and salted then deep fried. What I like about the Bangsi that was served to us was that the meat was dried and salted but still tender and not too salty.
Salted Eggs with Tomatoes
The bangsi was perfectly complemented by my favorite, salted eggs with tomatoes. The salty and creamy eggs contrasted well with the fresh crunchy tomatoes. An assortment of vegetables which can be mixed with a light vinaigrette was also served. Nom, nom, nom… It was a typical Filipino breakfast meal. But wait! There’s more…
Cresing’s served shrimps and univalve shellfish in coconut milk. The seafood glutton in me was very, very, VERY happy! The shrimps were fresh and cooked just right. Juicy! And the shellfish was a hearty delight. Not exactly breakfast food, but very much enjoyable. And unlike other univalve shellfish, it was easy to suck out the meat. It had a delightful texture with a bit of bitterness that went well with the rich coconut milk it was cooked in. In case you’re wondering what a univalve shellfish is, it’s similar to kuhol or snail.
And to complete the yummy breakfast, Cresing’s served three kinds of organically grown rice: white rice, brown rice, and black rice. All three are actually from the same rice variety but had undergone different cleaning or shelling processes. The black rice has had the least amount of processing, undergoing just one shelling procedure. The brown rice has been shelled but not polished. While white rice was shelled and polished. I like the brown rice best because of the texture and the slight nutty flavor.
Breakfast isn’t breakfast without a hot cup of coffee or a refreshing drink to perk you up. Cresing’s served rice coffee flavored with lemon grass, and turmeric. The cold drink had a bit of citrus punch courtesy of some calamansi. The drinks didn’t have any caffeine but managed to wake me up with a refreshing mixture of coffee flavor with a tea’s lightness.
I ate right off the service table and was the last one to finish eating. And I don’t regret any of the calories I ate and the pounds I gained. It is one of the best breakfasts I have had. And as a fan of breakfast buffets, that says a lot.
Cresing’s Food Products sells rice coffee, salted eggs, and other processed Filipino food products. You may reach them at +63919-3045279 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. They are based in Maitum, Sarangani Province.
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