Taboan Dried Seafood Market in Cebu City, the Philippines
Drying and salting fish (and other seafood, like squid) provides an effective preservation option for hot climates with little refrigeration. Although you can buy dried seafood everywhere in the Philippines, seeing it sold in bulk is an eye-widening experience. The Taboan Market in Cebu City is filled with stalls selling a variety of mostly small fish, squid strips, and fish bones. The latter are not used for soup, as you might imagine. Instead, they’re deep fried to make crispy fish-bone chips for breakfast. Although dried fish is not on most Americans’ top 10 list, I’ve developed a taste for dilis (anchovy), danggit (rabbitfish), and pusit (squid) with rice for breakfast. Try it, you’ll like it!