Saturday, September 17, 2011

tungog

(barok in Southern Luzon and in Waray)

tungog (tu-ngòg; Visayan ingredient)  [n.] mangrove tanbark \The dried bark of a certain kind of mangrove tree called “marka tungog” or “tangal” in Palawan and Tawitawi provinces. The bark of this tree is used in Visayas and Mindanao in flavoring coconut wine (tuba) as it gives tuba its bitter taste and maroon color. It would also help the natural fermentation in producing bahal (old tuba) and the bahalina (aged tuba).


(Top) A bundle of tungog bark, the kind used by manangguete in Leyte and Bohol; (below) The tungog bark is pounded into bits or even smaller than what is shown in the picture when used as fermentation agent in making tuba. In Visayas, pounded tungog is called binukbok if in bits and pieces, and pinulpog when powdered.

The bark is also used as dye in tanning leather products, making the leather brown-orange in color.

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