Dried danggit refers to crispy, fried sun-dried danggit, the Filipino word for Rabbitfish, Pinspotted spine foot, Mottled spine foot, or Spinefoot.
After frying, it can be served with sawsawan (dip) made from slices of fresh tomatoes sometimes with chopped onions, and other sawsawan like suka (Vinegar) with crushed garlic and siling labuyo.
Sounds good, right?
If you’re craving some delicious boneless danggit but you’re not sure how much it costs today, keep reading! This is your complete guide to danggit fish prices.
How to Eat Danggit
In the Philippines, danggit bulad is often served for breakfast with eggs (hard-boiled, scrambled eggs, or sunny-side up) and of course, it is best when served with fried rice.
It can also be served with sawsawan (dip) made from slices of fresh tomatoes sometimes with chopped onions and other sawsawan like suka (Vinegar) with crushed garlic and siling labuyo.
Although it is a popular food for breakfast, fried danggit can also be served in any other meals, lunch, or dinner paired with soup and sauteed vegetables.
Interested in delicious boneless danggit recipes? Find them here.
Danggit prices can vary depending on where you buy them and how much you purchase.
You can purchase pre-packed danggit in grocery stores, or you can go to the market and purchase danggit per kilo.
Prices can range from Php175 (200 grams) up to Php850 (1kg) – or more. Danggit rates can also vary if you get unsalted or salted danggit.
- Unsalted: P730/kilo
- Salted: P450 – P700 per kilo
Also, please note that there are usually 2 types of dried danggit, and depending on which one you choose, it could affect the price too: the marinated danggit and the salted danggit.
The salted danggit is often cheaper and tastes more like the typical “daing na isda”. On the other hand, the marinated danggit is the most popular Cebu danggit.
This form of dried fish is marinated first in brine with garlic and then left under the sun to dry.
This is the more expensive type of danggit but is a sought-after pasalubong item by Cebu tourists thanks to its unique taste, scent, and crispiness when cooked.
Local tourists’ consider danggit as one of the must-buy pasalubong items in Cebu, but foreign tourists also enjoy buying danggit and other Cebu-dried fish.
Marinated Danggit is also the type that is used in restaurants and various “tapsilog” outlets.
Where to Buy Danggit
Boneless danggit is available in almost all supermarkets in Metro Manila and around the Philippines, but they are widely available in the Visayas Island of the Philippines provinces, especially in Cebu, which is famous for Danggit and other dried seafood, as well as in Bohol and Leyte where they are caught.
You can also buy danggit online! There are many sellers in Shopee and Lazada who sell pre-packed danggit – in just a few clicks, you can have your favorite danggit fish delivered straight to your doorstep!
Just note that online sellers offer different danggit prices so make sure to shop around before you check out.
The best place to buy affordable Cebu danggit is in Taboan Market. This marketplace serves as the drop point of the produce coming from Bantayan Island.
Taboan Market also sells other dried fish products coming from nearby provinces.
Aside from dried danggit, Taboan Market also sells other dried fish items like fish tapa, dilis, pusit (squid), bisugo, tarorot (a different variety of squid), fish tocino, tuyo, and others.
This is also the best place to buy guinamos (the Cebuano version of the Bagoong) and other Cebu food items like Dried Mango, Cebu Chorizo, and Otap.
Taboan market is a one-stop shop for all you Cebu food pasalubong and is classified by many as one of the must-visit Cebu tourist spots.
Taboan Market Reviews. Wondering what it’s like to buy danggit in Taboan Market? Here are some reviews from people who have bought their danggit bulad there!
“If you are looking for dried fish … Here is the popular spot for dried fish lovers, you have a great selection of dried fish and other delicacies in Cebu.
Whenever our relatives come to visit Cebu they always requested to buy goods like dried fish such as “Pasalubong” for our fellow Pinoy abroad. If you’re looking for Dried fish in Cebu, go to “Taboan Na!” ” – Trix
“Cheaper than malls. We decided to buy our pasalubong here as recommended by our local host. It’s a bit of an adventure to go here since we just walked.
Don’t expect much, this is a public market after all. The better quality ones are the ones in the outer corner store lots. Haggle, as always. Be wary of insects crawling and flying over your choice goods too.” – Joee
“Loads of dried fish and squid to choose from and bargain for! This is definitely the best place to go to in Cebu City if you want to buy dried fish (specially danggit or rabbit fish) and dried squid.
There are many retailers to choose from. You can have salted or the non-salted danggit, open or closed squid, and so forth.
Be prepared to haggle for the lowest price! While buying at this marketplace is fun, the whole place stinks of dried fish and it sticks to your dress and whole body!
The dried fish is so smelly such that some hotels would not even allow you to take them to your room! Be sure to have them sealed well when you buy them.
Also, be prepared to quickly take a shower and change your clothes as soon as you get back to your room or home.
People will surely know from your smell if you’re just returning from this marketplace.” – Emmanuel
“Best place to buy your dried fish pasalubong. We made sure to buy our daing and stuff here to bring home.
Make sure to come here early in the morning, and ask around the stalls for cheaper prices, you can also buy cheap rosquillos and otap here.
Make sure to go back to your hotel after going here and take a bath, the smell of the dried fish really lingers on your clothes.” – Trek
“Every time I visit Cebu, this market is always a staple hub to visit for dried mangoes, dried seafood & the popular small, round pinkish chorizos. I never fail to buy danggit & class a dried squid.
The place actually stinks. The stench is so strong, it will stick to your clothes, hair, and everything else that you wear, like thirdhand smoke.
You better not go there when you are on your way to the airport or you’ll be quarantined like you have a rotting skin disease.
Otherwise, bring extra clothes to change what you’ve worn while doing the market rounds. Prices here are reasonable. You can haggle for a cheaper price.” – Irene