Maliputo fish of Batangas is most firm and tasty when grilled over charcoal. (Photo courtesy of Taal.ph)
The sweet and tasty maliputos are aplenty in August, September, October, and November. Taal Lake is known for its endemic fishes like tawilis (sardinella) and maliputo. Of these two, maliputo is the more expensive and harder to find. Maliputo is best cooked as sinigang (sour soup) with unripe tamarind and grilled with calamansi (calamodin) and bagoong (anchovies) Balayan, fried, or charcoal-broiled. Taal Bistro and Feliza Café in Taal, Batangas are among the restaurants that offer authentic maliputo cooked in a traditional way.