PRICE ALERT: Swap The Baka For Baboy If You're Craving Nilaga

Skip the sili with your calamansi and patis, too!

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Those who love nilagang baka should swap the beef for pork and make do with a dipping sauce made of just calamansi and patis this week. 

The prices of the ingredients necessary to make this dish as well as its classic condiment rose. Beef brisket, one of the cheaper cuts of beef in the market, went from P355 to P360 while beef rump went up another P10 more to end priced at the even higher price of P410 per kilo. Meanwhile, baboy or pork continues to challenge the price of beef with liempo or pork belly continuing to be priced high at P390 per kilo. Kasim or pork shoulder is cheaper by P50, priced at P340 per kilo.

That's why if you're thinking of a nice and hot steaming bowl of meaty nilaga, go for pork this week instead of beef and make a nilagang baboy instead.  

Make do without the sili for now.
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As for vegetables, fruits, and the other ingredients you may need for your dish, potatoes enjoyed a drop in prices ending at P70 per kilo this week while cabbage dropped P15 this week to end P60 per kilo yesterday.

The alarming price increase this week has to be the siling labuyo which rose to a whopping P400 per kilo, a P150 increase from the week before. Siling labuyo prices this month have been P200 last May and P250 this month. This month may see the sili prices, as well as prices of other agricultural products, rise higher in prices as the heavy rains brought by the habagat or monsoon season arrives

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Food prices are bound to continue to seesaw from high to not-too-high and back again as the European conflict between Ukraine and Russian escalates and local COVID cases continue to rise, threatening to impose higher alert levels if cases don't drop. If you want to know what food are cheaper or more expensive this week, here's a breakdown of the price changes that happened over the past week: 

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These prices are sourced and gathered from markets from these areas in 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. 

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