Foreigners or the non-iniatated may find the smell repulsive, but it takes only a few tries to find and locate the yumminess of this saucy paste especially when eaten with Filipino meat dishes such as kare-kare, pinakbet (vegetable dish) or with green mangoes as a zesty salad. Bet your 10 dollars you’d be guaranteed finger-linking goodness!
Although on the salty side, bagoong adds a distinct flavor to common dishes. So be careful with the cooking measurements as this sauce might sharpen the saltiness of your dish.
Again in popular lingo, bagoong has its contributions such as in the expression: “Nabagoong ang ekonomiya ng Pilipinas dahil kay GMA.” Translation: The Philippine economy has stagnated (na-bagoong) because of GMA (Gloria Macapapagal-Arroyo, sitting-duck president).
For Filipinos this is an unmissable sauce on their table, and is often brought to the farthest corners of the world as a tasty souvenir from the homeland.
Mabuhay ang bagoong!