Pako Salad/ Ensaladang Pako

Pako is one the the delicasy or special dish prepared by the locals of Baler where I grew up. I remember my childhood days whenever I go on picnic with my friends, we always have pako salad on our dish. Pako is a fiddlehead fern listed among several kinds of edible fern sold fresh in local market at a fairly cheap price. Pako is abundant during rainy season only 10 pesos per bundle.

bunch of Pako
pomelo or salted egg
tomatoes (sliced)

For dressing:
sukang puti/calamansi
bagoong (fish sauce)

Cut the fern into 4 inches and discard the tough stems. Wash with clean water and blanch in boiling water. Drain the hot water and drop the fern in icy water to keep it crunchy. Drain and arrange pako in a bowl.

Slice the tomatoes and onions.
Peel pomelo/salted egg and cut them into desired pieces.

Combine all the ingredients together with the dressing. 

Serve and Enjoy!!

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