5 Common Condiments You'll Find in a Pinoy Household

Aanhin mo ang ulam kung walang sawsawan?

(SPOT.ph) No doubt about it, Pinoys love savory food. Even if the dish is tasty on its own, we’ll add a sawsawan every chance we get. What’s lechon without sarsa? Piniritong bangus without toyomansi? Fried chicken without ketchup? No disrespect to the chef, but being able to suit a meal to one’s taste satiates the hunger for personalization.

You’ll find a variety of choices in any Pinoy household but these nine flavor punchers are the seasonings every Juan cannot live without. Fair warning: You’ll be drooling while reading this list, so keep a tissue on hand.

Fish sauce or patis
Patis is one of the most important ingredients in Filipino cooking. A dash of this refined flavoring can give any food a savory taste. Usually paired with calamansi, it’s the perfect dipping sauce to enhance fried fish, tinola, and sinigang.

Vinegar or suka
Like patis and toyo, suka is another star seasoning in many Filipino dishes. Its sharp taste never disappoints in giving crunchy treats like fried lumpia and chicharon that extra oomph.

Lechon sarsa
No fiesta in the Philippines would be complete without lechon. No matter how utterly delicious this roasted pork dish is, it’s not the same without sarsa, a unique sweet and peppery blend that perfectly matches the rich flavors of the meat.

The smell of bagoong will make you pinch your nose but the taste is extremely satisfying. This thick brown fish paste goes well with a wide range of food, from mangoes to steamed okra to the peanut buttery kare-kare. What’s more, bagoong can come in sweet, sour, or spiced flavor--perfect for any discerning palate.

Knorr Liquid Seasoning
Knorr Liquid Seasoning is, hands down, the ultimate flavor enhancer—the perfect example of sawsawan-pa-lang-ulam-na fare. Even restaurants make it available to customers so they can tak-tak at will, adding the desired flavor to sisig, ribs, or rice. As a sauce, it is sumptuous on its own. As a marinade, it adds lip-smacking, tasty flavors. Watch this to know more:

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