One thing that I really love about living in the Philippines is the great selection and freshness of seafood! It doesn’t hurt that it is also very cheap compared to what I was used to from the USA.
Just about any kind of seafood that you enjoy can be found here! Whether it is crabs, shrimp, fish of almost any kind or whatever else you enjoy, it is generally found in the markets in the Philippines.
One thing that I have found, though, is that the fish here is called by different names than we used back in the states! If you don’t know exactly what the fish looks like, you may not know it when you see it in the market, because the name is probably different than you are used to!
In the USA, one type of fish that is easy to find is Grouper, or Rock Fish. Here it is called Lapu Lapu. It’s still the same fish, but it just has a different name! By the way, Feyma uses Lapu Lapu to make an excellent British Style Fish ‘n Chips dinner. A while back we invited John Grant (an English friend) over to the house to try the Fish ‘n Chips, and he reported that it was just like “back home.” I could tell that he enjoyed it, as he ate quite a bit that night!
I really enjoy crab. In the States, you can only catch male crab, any female crabs that you catch must be released, in order to allow them to multiply. Here, there are no such laws, and the female crabs are the tastier of the sexes. Personally, though, I like the law about not catching the females.
There are only a few kinds of fish that we enjoy eating which we have not found here. I guess our two favorites that we can’t get are Halibut and Salmon. Salmon can be found here from time to time, but not always.
Recently, I found an online guide to fish in the markets here in the Philippines. If you are interested, have a look!
Anyway, if you enjoy seafood like I do, the Philippines is an ideal place for you!