Taboan Market bai, I said politely to the jeepney conductor while I handed my fare. I was enroute to Cebu’s famous dried fish market where almost every kind of species of fish that can be salted and dried are found.
Of course, one can readily go to the supermarket or grocery and buy dried fish that are already packed but where’s the fun in there? Being in Taboan is a different feeling. You get to see mounds and mounds, basketfulls, to be exact, of the items in different colors and forms and smells, freshly brought from Bantayan Island in the north or from other corners of the province.
There are dried squid, small, medium and large, shredded or whole. There are pieces of sweetened fishbones, yes, these can be eaten too. Medallions of fish tocino, translucent and pressed flat. Of course, the usual halved or uncut are there too.
Its always a visual feast being there. Not too much on the smell though but tourists and visitors always gravitate to this market for their pasalubongs before going taking their flight back home.
The market is actually big selling all kinds of things that can be used in the house but the dried fish section is the largest in Cebu. It is possible to buy in kilos here, cheaper than in the groceries. However, to get a good deal, its better to check the shops inside than those found immediately at the roadside.
Other than dried fish, fermented fish products are also available.
Taboan Market is located in San Nicolas district and is accessible by jeepneys and taxis. Most drivers know its location.