PRICE ALERT: Give Alumahan Recipes A Try This Week

Tired of pompano, bangus, and tilapia?

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It's always good news to hear about price drops for food that you've been avoiding because of high prices. The bad news is that sometimes, there's a reason why food prices drop or rise. 

This week, typhoon Karding may have had something to do with the price changes of many food you'll find in the palengke this weekend. Alumahan, the Indian mackerel, saw the biggest price drop this week so thinking about making a pinangat na alumahan recipe or pesang isda recipe are smart choices for your Pinoy ulam recipe menu this week. From P340 per kilo last week, it dropped significantly by over P100 over the weekend, ending at  P240 per kilo yesterday according to the Department of Agriculture's Bantay Presyo reports

Many of the vegetables that the DA monitors saw price increases that may have been because of the typhoon. Tomatoes jumped from P80 to P120 per kilo, the biggest increase among the vegetables, while others went up by P20 per kilo. These vegetables include Baguio beans, Baguio pechay, and talong


While vegetables mostly saw price increases, meat however took a dive this week, namely pork liempo or pork belly, which has been seeing higher prices for the past few months. It dropped to P350 per kilo this week. Pork kasim or shoulder continues to be the more affordable pork cut holding steady at P300 per kilo this week. 

If you're buying in bulk this week to store in your freezer in preparation for the holidays, you'll need a cheat sheet on what you can buy now to store for later. 

Here are the food that had a price increase this past week: 

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Here are the food that saw price decreases this week: 

Illustrator Louis Miguel A. Talao

These prices are sourced and gathered from markets in these areas around the metro: Commonwealth, Guadalupe, Las Piñas, Malabon, Marikina, Mega Q-Mart, Muntinlupa, Muñoz, Pasay, Pasig, Pritil, Quinta, and San Andres. 

For more information about the price watch of the Department of Agriculture, visit the government agency's website.


Price Alert is a weekly roundup of the prices of common goods and other ingredients monitored using the Department of Agriculture's Price Watch. 


Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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