Saturday, January 15, 2011

baak


baak – (bá-ak; Ilocano and Pangasinense condiment) [n.] aged sukang iloko (Ilocano sugarcane vinegar), fermented for at least one year.

The process of making baak in Ilocos region would include brewing of extracted juice of sugarcane before it is stored in the burnay (Ilocano big earthern jar). A locally prepared yeast is added to allow fermentation. In Pangasinan, baak is not necessarily brewed. The sugarcane extract is fermented naturally in the burnay.


Baak vinegar sold along the roadside in Binalonan, Pangasinan
When baak is less than one year, it is yellow-orange in color with fruity sourness. When aged over one year or more, it becomes dark in color and is very very sour.



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