Gamet: Gem of Burgos

Long before I was introduced to the colorful world of Japanese cooking, I had already been accustomed to eating gamet, a kind of seaweed akin to nori. Gamet is an Ilocano delicacy from the town of Burgos. Said to be rich in iodine, calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, essential vitamins and proteins, gamet sheets are prized by locals up north, balikbayans most especially.

We buy gamet in the form of dry sheets. There are many different ways of preparing the seasonal seaweed. It could be cut up into squares or strips, toasted in a pan, and then munched as a healthy crunchy snack. Softening them for delish soup or salad is likewise popular. I was surprised that gamet is also added to tupig and canton noodles — the more modern ways innovated by the connoisseurs of Burgos.

Somewhat rare, they are available at the Burgos and Laoag public markets or can be ordered straight from the Burgos makers.

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