"The bagoong balayan is made from fish", I was told by Glenda Rosales Barretto
, grand dame of Philippine cuisine, cookbook author and restaurant owner of Via Mare. In an interview with her
when I was in Manila, she mentioned "Bagoong Balayan is used in the vinaigrette dressing we serve with our Pako Salad
(Fiddlehead Ferns)". Ms. Barretto
further defined Bagoong Balayan as fermented fish paste. "