SINAMAK. A concoction of vinegar, crushed garlic, onions, hot pepper, salt & sugar and langkawas. The last ingredient may be the least known to us. Langkawas , the local name for galangal, is from the ginger family. I googled 'galangal' and learned that it is called Lengkuas in Laos. It confirmed that galangal is the English term for our langkawas. It is widely used in Indonesia and Malysia as a food flavoring and spice. To learn more about it, click on this link http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/galangal.html Here's how it looks:
For most people in Western Visayas, the sinamak is the dipping sauce for grilled fish, grilled pork, shrimps. Grilled dishes would not be as flavorful if it's not dipped into this sinamak.
In preparing sinamak, it is best to use a 6-month old pure "tuba". Tuba is a local alcoholic drink made from he sap of a coconut tree. After 8-12 weeks of fermentation, it becomes pure and natural organic vinegar. You can learn more about this Filipino alcoholic drink by clicking on this link. http://bulatlat.com/news/6-8/6-8-vinegar.htm
The next best thing about sinamak is it can be refilled just by adding vinegar! Although sinamak has a lot of variations, this particular concoction is made by T Flavors, one of the longest food producers specializing in pickled vegetables in Bacolod City.
Here are the other bottled products of T Flavors: achara na tambo, singkamas, papaya, ampalaya, ubod and the newest is the gulay pinoy. Onion pickles, quail egg pickles and the mangga rachada. The latter is made from 'pangi', a variety of sour mango or pickling. It really makes my mouth water just the thought of mangga rachada. Having any one of these during your meals would surely require a lot of discipline to be able to keep away from it. This is also best eaten with grilled dishes especially during outings at the beach.
These products are available at:
T Flavors The Negros Showroom
Taculing Road, Pleasantville Lacson St.
Bacolod City Bacolod City
Tel No 433-1712
These products will also be available at the 26th Negros Trade Fair on Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2011 at The Rockwell Tent, Makati City.