tagaktak in Cebuano
ja in Suluanon, Joloanon and Tausug
amik in Davao del Sur
tinagtag – (ti-nág-tag; Maguindanaon snack) [n.] rice fritter. This native snack of Maguindanaons looks like a triangular net of fine and curly strands of browned pancit bihon. This is similar to Cebuano’s tagaktak that is also folded into triangle.
This delicacy is made with finely ground rice, sugar and some water, mixed well to become a thick but flowing batter. The batter is placed in a pangulayan (a native coconut shell strainer). The batter would pass through the tiny perforation drilled at the bottom of the coconut shell, coming out like string of noodles falling directly into the hot pan with cooking oil. The pangulayan is quickly swayed in crisscrossing or circular motion so the falling strands would create a net-like pattern on the pan. The falling strands of batter is quickly fried and cooked till it is golden brown and crisp. Using gagawi (Maguindanaon wooden ladle), the rice fritter is removed from the pan and immediately folded into half-moon (folded once to become semi-circle in shape) or rolled to become tubular in shape. It would stiffen and turned crisp as soon as it cooled down.
|Maguindanaoan Vendors at the Cotabato City Public Supermarket|
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