Batangas is also known for making bagoong, especially in the town of Balayan. Bagoong Balayan is widely popular that it is also exported to other country. In the website “One Town One Product”, bagoong balayan is the main product listed for Batangas.
Fish and salt are the raw materials mixed together and stored for several months in a container to produce bagoong.
Bagoong Balayan has two types, the special bagoong, which is made purely from dilis, and the regular type made from galunggong and other kinds of fish, or a mixture of both. Fresh fish is the key to the making of good bagoong. Fish come from Nasugbu, Batangas and as far as Quezon Province . The processing usually starts in the months of March, April or May, when dilis, galunggong and inglis are abundant.