Happy morning at Super, Iloilo’s busiest market , where produce from all over Iloilo end up. Super is the go-to place of people who resell the vegetables, cooking oil, soy sauce and other basic commodities in smaller markets and talipapa all over the city. It’s also where the restaurants buy their ingredients. And, it’s where homemakers and working moms, like me, buy for the kitchen…well, not all the time, though since getting to Super these days eats up time because of all the traffic. So, at other times, Inday Joy just buys at the neighborhood talipapa (wait! Talipapa is not an original Hiligaynon term in Hiligaynon. I wonder what Ilonggos used to call them)When there’s time, I like going to San Mig market. A new favorite is Oton where I got the bilong-bilong nga laki…ati…the tabas.
This morning, I bought this beautiful braid of native garlic. I asked the young men watching the spices. “Halin sa Mindoro.” Interesting. The standard braids cost P70 and the longer and bigger ones, P140. Native garlic is way more aromatic than the big China garlic.