Bagoong is a condiment very famous in the Philippines. It is made of fermented minute shrimps and, or fish. Before consumption, it is usually cooked and its smell will be instantly recognizable. Does bagoong or shrimp paste really smell bad? For some, it may smell like there’s a bio hazard waste that has leaked somewhere but for others, it means a very delicious meal is cooking. Shrimp paste especially when sautéed can be smelled a block away, if you notice this, try not to suspect a leak or anything, it just means there’s a happy Filipino in the vicinity enjoying a delicious meal with bagoong on the side.
Shrimp paste or bagoong is made by mixing salt and a little amount of water to shrimps. Sometimes, anchovies are added or are the main ingredients themselves. Inside wooden barrels, the shrimps are left for some time to ferment thus yielding a kind of bad smell. In the Philippines and other Asian nations, shrimp paste is a great ingredient to cuisines. It adds a special kind of delicious saltiness that can’t be achieved by salt alone. In the Philippines and abroad, the Barrio Fiesta ginisang bagoong is most popular brand of shrimp paste. It has a delicious flavor that goes well with other cuisines.
Why do people shop for the Barrio Fiesta Ginisang Bagoong
A Barrio Fiesta Shrimp Paste Review
A very interesting and colorful aspect of Filipino culture is food. Their taste is selective but in the case of shrimp paste, the sense of smell’s objections are over ruled by the mind in favor of the mouth’s unstoppable craving. Bagoong may not be the best smelling condiment but to the Filipino, it is a magic ingredient. Among the brands of shrimp pastes sold in markets today, the Barrio Fiesta Ginisang Bagoong is tastier and more versatile. The great thing about this brand of shrimp paste is that it’s already been cooked with spices and herbs so it saves you time. “Ginisa” in Filipino means sautéed with onions and garlic and other spices.
While other shrimp paste brands are too salty, Barrio Fiesta Ginisang Bagoong is lighter. Pairing this condiment with kare-kare, unripe mangoes or any cuisine is delicious. If you’re too concerned with bagoong’s smell, opening a bottle of this brand will not be too bad for as mentioned, it’s already cooked. If you want to heat it to be more appetizing, you can do so but try leaving a small amount of vinegar in a bowl and place it in the kitchen or a place in the house where the shrimp paste can be smelled. Vinegar will neutralize the odor.
Here are some Filipino recipes with bagoong as ingredients:
½ kilo pork, cut into small cubes
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 onions, chopped
3 tomatoes, chopped
2 eggplants, sliced
2 tablespoons Barrio Fiesta Ginisang Bagoong (increase amounts according to your taste)
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 cube pork cubes
Long chili peppers cut in small pieces
Chili flakes (optional)
2 tablespoon cooking oil
1/4 cup water
1. Boil pork and a pinch of salt using minimal water in a cooking pot until cooked. Set aside.
2. Sauté’ garlic, onions and tomatoes in cooking oil, add vinegar, cooked pork and shrimp paste and continue cooking until pork turns brown. You might want to turn the heat into low during this stage. Add the eggplants and water, continue cooking until eggplants are cooked or when water evaporates.
½ kg chicken or pork cut into small bite sizes
1/2 cups sliced tomato
1/4 cups sliced onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup water
1 large bittermelon (ampalaya), seeded and cut in small pieces – diagonally
4 eggplants cut in half – vertically and then in smaller pieces – diagonally
5 pieces okra cut diagonally
2 tbsp. Barrio Fiesta Ginisang Bagoong
1 cup squash cut in small pieces
1 cup sting beans, cut in 1 inch sizes
(Wash all vegetable thoroughly before slicing)
In a pot, cook meat in minimal water until it evaporates. Add cooking oil, onions, tomatoes, garlic and fish paste (Barrio Fiesta Bagoong) and simmer for a few minutes. Add in vegetables and cover until cooked (all vegetables fairly cook at the same time), when cooked, mix well.
3. Ginataang dahon ng malunggay
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 tbsp. Barrio Fiesta Ginisang Bagoong
1 small piece smashed ginger
1/2 cup prawns (shells removed)
3 cups malunggay leaves
Pour coconut milk in a saucepan and bring to boil. Put in the bagoong, ginger, and prawns. Cook for 5 minutes more then add the malunggay leaves. Stir until cooked.
4. Bicol Express
1 kilo pork cut in bite sized cubes
1/2 cup of Philippine bird’s eye pepper (siling labuyo – adjust amounts according to taste; be warned that these kinds of chili are really hot)
3 cups coconut milk (if real coconuts are not available, powdered versions can be used)
1/2 cup Barrio Fiesta shrimp paste (bagoong)
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small onion, chopped
1. Sauté garlic and onions in a saucepan until aroma can be smelled, the onions here appear to be a bit browned.
2. Mix the pork in as well as the bird’s eye pepper. Continue sautéing until pork starts to yield its grease and turns brown.
3. Mix in Barrio Fiesta shrimp paste with constant stirring. Pour coconut milk (if using powdered coconut milk, dissolve this first in boiling water, and according to amounts preferred). Continue cooking in low fire until meat is cooked. Serve hot!
Buy your Barrio Fiesta Bagoong here and experience cooking real delicious Filipino dishes.
Barrio Fiesta Ginisang Bagoong is brown in color since it’s been cooked already in herbs and spices. It is salty but not as much as regular fish paste. You will notice cooked herbs inside the bottles. It’s possible to use the shrimp paste right out of the bottle but heating it is more pleasurable to eat.
Barrio Fiesta Ginisang Bagoong is available in regular flavor as well as sweet flavor.
Barrio Fiesta Ginisang Bagoong (sautéed shrimp paste) nutrient facts
Serving Size: 1 tbsp
Total Fat 3.0 g
Saturated Fat 3.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 5.0 mg
Sodium 380.0 mg
Potassium 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 3.0 g
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
Sugars 1.0 g
Protein 2.0 g
Barrio Fiesta is a restaurant and a producer of condiments such as bagoong. Their offices, restaurants and stores are located all over the Philippines as well as abroad. In the United States, UK, Canada and Australia, their bagoong are very popular and are ordered online.