Moringa is known as Malunggay in the Philippines. It is used in a soup called Tinola, but I don’t think it is used that often. Considering its high nutritional value and low price, I think it should be used more often in cooking.
This picture shows shredded green papaya with moringa powder. I think it has the best nutritional value. Moringa is a little bitter, but not strong, so I think it can be used in many dishes, including pasta.
When it comes to the Philippines, the capital is Manila, and I think many people think of it like Tokyo in Japan. That’s what I used to think until I came to the Philippines. When Japanese people think of Manila, it refers to the Metro Manila, which consists of 16 cities and 1 town, as shown in the map below. It’s a little confusing because there is also Manila City. There are some Japanese expatriates living in Manila, such as those in the shipping industry, but not that many. Most live in Makati City or Taguig City. The population of Metro Manila is about 13 million, which is the total of 16 cities and 1 town.
Now, I would like to introduce you to Dampa Seaside Market in Pasay City, Metro Manila. Here, you can buy your own seafood at the market and bring it to the restaurant in the market to have it cooked in the way you like. It is a very fun and eventful way to have your own fish cooked for you. Except for the intense hawking at the market and the 0.5 kg is the minimum unit, it is very enjoyable. The photo is a shot of the market. There are quite a lot stores and I honestly don’t know where to buy seafoods.
There are many options for cooking, such as boiling, grilling, steaming, and making soup. It’s something different and more fun than going to a regular seafood restaurant. It’s fun, but I think it’s more fun to go with a large group because most of the time the minimum purchase is 500 grams. It’s a fun place to go again and again, so I recommend it.
If you want to go Kalanggaman Island only, you can access from Leyte Island, however, when I visited Kalanggaman Island, I approached from Malapascua Island which is famous for Scuba Diving, located in north of Cebu.
Even though there are a lot of wonderful islands in the Philippines, Kalanggaman Island is apparently one the most beautiful islands in the Philippines.