Bagoong Makes These Dishes Delectable

Your favorite bottle of bagoong is more than just a condiment.

Bagoong is more than just sawsawan—it’s an ingredient! You're missing out if you’re not using it in your cooking. Its complex flavor can liven up a dish with notes of powerful hits of sweet, salty and umami. Here are dishes which use bagoong so you can start discovering ways to incorporate into your dishes, too.

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1 Bagoong Rice

This kind of “fried rice” is so good, it doesn’t really need another dish to make it a complete meal! Vibrant with flavors, this dish will have sparks flying in your mouth when combined with julienned green mangoes. We suggest you pair this with something simple like blanched veggies, boiled vegetables, or grilled meat skewers so the flavorful rice can be the star.   

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2 Peanut-Bagoong Dip and Bagoong Sauce

We have two bagoong sauce variants for you to try with your grilled liempo to show off that this pairing is indeed a match made in heaven. The meaty, smoky liempo’s taste is amplified by the bagoong in the sauces. Dip to try it! 

Peanuts add spike and bring out the flavors of each spice in the sauce.

This crunchy pork belly smothered in tasty bagoong sauce is a sure winner!

3 Bagoong-Sautéed Beans with Mangoes

Dipping your veggies into bagoong is one thing, sautéing them in the flavorful shrimp paste is another. With the addition of heat, bagoong coats these veggies fully for a truly delicious bite every time.

Mangoes and bagoong give green beans a tasty boost in this healthy stir-fry.

4 Kare-Kare Pasta

If you thought bagoong was indulgent enough, then you haven’t tried our kare-kare pasta yet! Topped with chicharon bituka to make this dish even more decadent, bookmark this recipe for a cheat day to die for!

This pasta dish has a kare-kare sauce, topped with chicharon bulaklak and trickled with bagoong.

5 Pinoy Vegetable Salad Recipe

Bagoong vinaigrette transforms your usual salad into something you can truly enjoy. Pair it with local veggies that are lightly blanched for a fresh take on an otherwise cooked version of a pinakbet-style dish.   

Salty notes from the Bagoong balayan, the fermented anchovy sauce from Batangas, give this salad's dipping sauce a boost of flavor.

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6 Pakbet Ilocano with Chicharon Recipe

Pakbet is just a really delicious way to have your required veggie servings a day. This version of pakbet’s also got sweet, creamy hints lent by the squash and the sweet potatoes offset by the crunchy chicharon that's on top.

The Ilocano pinakbet uses bagoong balayan instead of alamang, which is used in Pakbet Tagalog.

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7 Binagoongan

If you love bagoong, then you should love binagoongan. There are so many ways to cook binagoongan and all of them are good. Whether you prefer using the traditional pork, the indulgent lechon kawali, or the healthier fish steak, you’re always end up with a flavorful meal that’ll keep you reaching for another cup of hot steaming rice.

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Gata is the secret ingredient in this binagoongan to make it even more delicious.

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How do you make the classic binagoongan extra special? Make it with crispy pork belly and rich coconut milk.

Have we inspired you to go running to your kitchen to get your trusty bottle of bagoong? We sure hope so. It’s time you take your usual condiments and spices and discover how you can use condiments such as bagoong for more than just a dip or sauce to serve with your food.

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