Dumangas okoy

Dumangas okoy anyone?

okoy up close

Okoy up close

It was a hot and humid March afternoon, tired from the heat after photographing the church of Dumangas and a few minutes spent at its cemetery that still contains structures built in the Spanish era. I was already at the town’s terminal, waiting for the jeepney to take me back to Iloilo City when I spotted this lady with her plastic basket filled with something yellow.

As with anything whenver I travel, I got curious and went closer. She was selling okoy, but it’s not the usual okoy that is supposed to be more small shrimps bound with batter and fried into a pancake like form. Instead, her’s is sweet potato (camote) fritters with pieces of small shrimps. Well, her’s might be Dumangas version, I really don’t know but for just P5, it was a steal.

I bought one, just enough to taste it, sans vinegar. The camote fritters were crunchy with some parts soft. A little salty and the taste of shrimp almost nil unless you munched on the portions with the small crustaceans on it. but it was just okay, good for a snack that sated my curiosity.

The vendor's basket filled with okoy and a bottle of langgaw, or vinegar

The vendor’s basket filled with okoy and a bottle of langgaw, or vinegar

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    May 21, 2015 @ 18:15

    Dumangas okoy anyone?: okoy up close
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