Filipinos are foreign to tamales of Ibaan because of the limited exposure to the dish in the media. Despite that, you can guarantee that you won’t want to skip it.
Ibaan, Batangas may not be a well-known tourist spot. However, it holds a particular food gem that most people from Ibaan or those living the outskirts of town only knows, the Ibaan tamales.
Aside from tamales, they also have other proud products highlighted in one of their fiesta. The Les (Tamales), Ku (Kulambo), H (Habi), Liem (Liempo), and Bo (Tubo).
Like the suman on rice cake which is highly famous in the Philippines, Tamales ng Ibaan consists of sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves. It has a rich, crimson hue thanks to the shredded chicken, peanuts, eggs, and annatto in it.
Where Did Tamales of Ibaan Originated?
It was discovered by researchers that the kind of rice known as Tamal (formerly called “rice wrapped in leaves”) was being used for portable foodstuffs as early as 5000 to 8000 BCE. It has frequently been employed to provide for warriors and hunters, and travelers.
Around the same time the Spaniards arrived in Mexico, they encountered the dish and began to spread it to their colonies, of course, including the Philippines.
There are two distinctly different tamales in the province of Batangas. These are the tamales of Lipenos and adjacent towns and cities, including Mataas na Kahoy.
It may not be the replica of tamales of Mexico but just as memorable, one that has passed on the part of the family tradition of the people of Ibaan.
Experiencing and Tasting Tamales
Inside, the tamales are wrapped in banana leaf, which covers it and provides a smooth surface. Steaming and gelatinizing the rice gives the interior a white color, and the banana leaf serves as a trick to disguise the depth of taste buried underneath.
The breast has enough tenderness to be cut in half and displays a pale orange mixed with chicken fragments. Every taste and forkful makes the tamales seem simple since each has a complex and compelling flavor of peanut paste with a bit of spicy finish.
In this small packet of a dish, the chicken parts provide a substantial filling ingredient. A very nice treat and pasalubong to your loved ones. Tasting tamales will surely make you coming back for more!
Visiting Ibaan Batangas
While heading to the picturesque beaches of Laiya, passing through Ibaan is unavoidable. So, if you find yourself in Ibáan, stop by and get yourself some tamales.
Locals will be more than glad to show you in the directions, which are just located in a small town. You may visit their official website, https://ibaan.gov.ph/
Tamales, traditionally offered at celebratory events in the home, can also be found in the wet market and can be enjoyed whenever you desire. This recipe for Batangas tamales will most certainly entice you.