PRICE ALERT: Pechay Tagalog Drops To P50 But Siling Labuyo Rises to P600

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Christmas is around the corner and while it's the season to be joyful, it's hard to be when the bilihin in palengkes continue to change, sometimes quite dramatically. This is the case with the siling labuyo which rose to its highest price point yet at P600 per kilo. So if you already have a stash, learn how to preserve it so you have your favorite spicy ingredient for longer. 

Beef also saw a price increase the past week with beef rump at P450 per kilo, up P30 from last week, and beef brisket at P370 per kilo, an increase of P20. All three kinds of sugar also went up slightly over the week and so did both kinds of bananas, latundan and lacatan

The good news is that if you love pechay Tagalog, you'll find it cheaper this week. At P60 per kilo, it's one of the cheapest veggies you'll find in palengkes today. 

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Here is the food that saw price increases this week: 

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Here are the food that saw a price increase over the past week.
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Here is the food that had a price decrease this past week: 

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Here are the food that saw a price decrease over the past week.
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What's the Difference between Pechay and Bok Choy

We know it can be confusing since there are two kinds of pechay in the market: the pechay and the pechay Tagalog. Here's how to tell which is which: the pechay or the bok choy has green stems while the pechay Tagalog has white stems.

But here's what's great about the pechay: you can use either one in recipes! These two vegetables can be used interchangeably so whichever kind you have on hand, it's the right kind.  

Pechay To Use for Pinoy Ulam Recipe Ideas

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If you have a bunch of pechay to use for your daily ulam meals, we have six great recipe ideas to help you through the week: 

Ginisang Pechay Recipe

Pan-Fried Chicken Thighs with Pechay Recipe

Chicken Pechay Rolls Recipe with Steamed Chicken Leg Quarters

Sinanglay na Hasa-Hasa (Stewed Fish) Recipe

Gado Gado Salad Recipe

Sautéed Bok Choy Recipe

Need more ideas? Try these: 

The palengke prices above are sourced and gathered from various 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. 

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