Saturday, November 2, 2013

biti

A handful of biti from the public market of Naga City
biti (bi-tì; Bicolano [Camarines sur] preserved) [n.] dried salted swim bladder of abo fish (tiger toothed croaker), a kind of local fish found in the seas of Camarines sur in Bicol.

Biti is rare and priced expensive when available. 

It is cooked by pan-frying on low to medium fire. It would swell and turns crisp like chicharon when cooked. 

A pack and a handful of biti. I found this in the public market of Naga City during one of my travels in Camarines sur (Bicol) in 2009

It can be served as breakfast meal with sinangag na kanin (pan-fried rice) and sunny-side-up chicken egg, or served as snack or pulutan (food served along with alcoholic drinks). 

As of 2009, a kilo of biti is worth around P1,200.00 in Naga City.  In 2015, it is sold at P2,500.00 a kilo in Naga City and up to P3,000.00 in other places outside the city.

This dried internal organ of abo fish is hardly found outside Camarines sur in Bicol or anywhere else in the country






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