For the first anniversary edition of Lasang Pinoy, hosted by stef of and Noodles & Rice, the theme is to define what being Pinoy is all about. I think this may be the hardest topic of all. It is like having to choose which of your children is your favorite. You love them all, but they are all different and they all have something that makes them special, and you love them all for different reasons but you love them all the same, without one having more advantage over another. Read the rest of this post...

Here is my Lola's Kamote Salad:
washed and trimmed kamote tops


  1. Lani // 8/29/2006 8:08 PM  

    I always make camote salad using patis (fish sauce) and calamansi. Thank you for sharing this one, now I have another way of preparing camote tops.

    Happy Anniversary, JMOM!~~

  2. ladybug // 8/30/2006 2:12 AM  

    Wow! Looks yummy! At pinoy na pinoy talaga. I remember my MIL used to make it for us. She's now in the U.S. and I miss her so much.

  3. iska // 8/30/2006 3:31 AM  

    hi jeanette! it's been a long time since i had talbos ng kamote. that's also how mom prepares the salad... really great w/ bagoong!
    happy 1st anniv to LP!

  4. noemi // 8/30/2006 5:39 AM  

    an ilocano dish we always have back home.

  5. JMom // 8/30/2006 10:05 AM  

    Hi Lani, Happy Anniversary to us all! I can't believe it's been 1 year already.

    Hi Ladybug, isn't it strange how we associate so much food with the person who made them for us? That's how I feel about my lola.

    Hi Iska, do they eat talbos ng kamote in Beijing? Kasi dito sa NC hindi nila alam yun until dumating ang mga pinoy and Africans :)

    Hi Noemi, definitely Ilokano and very Pinoy.

  6. Mae // 8/30/2006 11:46 AM  

    I remember this 'talbos ng kamote' when i was a kid. I still remember the taste of it served as a salad with bagoong like you did here. I was always told 'it's good for you'. I actually like it.

    Shame there's no sweet potato growers here only 'Jersey potatoes'. :)

    Lovely post JMom!

  7. angelika // 8/30/2006 11:55 AM  

    nice blog =)
    Charles pimped me here=)

  8. JMom // 8/30/2006 1:54 PM  

    Hi mae, my lola has always said it's good for you too, and so I always tell my girls the same thing. I really should find out what about it is good for you, huh? :) Oh that's too bad there are no sweet potato growers there. Here, there's plenty of sweet potatoes, but they don't know the talbos is edible! Lucky for us :D

    Hi Angelika! Glad you came by :)

  9. charles ravndal // 8/30/2006 6:09 PM  

    My lola prepares this as well and actually I like it. It is actually true that adobo has lots of versions. I think I saw the Spanish adobo in BBC

  10. Luchie // 8/31/2006 12:54 PM  

    Hi! I like talbos ng kamote too. and masarap din sya with bagoong

  11. JMom // 8/31/2006 2:35 PM  

    Hi Chas, yep, and you can adobo just about anything :)

    Hi Luchie, oh yeah, my lola uses bagoong all the time. It's just hard to get good bagoong around here sometimes. My lola used to talk about good bagoong and bad ones, and I'm just beginning to believe there really is a difference :)

  12. CES // 9/01/2006 12:55 PM  

    now this is what i truly crave for! can i find it here in NY? i haven't seen one so far...i just said to hubby, i wasn't even able to have this when we went back home!

  13. Tin // 9/01/2006 2:06 PM  


    Musta na? Sarap naman nyan - may all time favorite when i was a kid....thanks for sharing your memories with your ko tuloy ng husto ang lola ko kung saan ako lumaki...have a great weekend!


  14. the Lumpia // 9/01/2006 3:15 PM  

    My mouth is watering for the kamote salad along with fried fish and rice!

  15. Pookah // 9/02/2006 2:45 PM  


    I grew up with sweet potatoes and greens (collards, turnips, kale and mustard) but never knew you could eat the greens of sweet potatoes. It looks great. How does the taste compare to the other greens?

    P@swank one town over

  16. Mita // 9/02/2006 11:15 PM  

    Authentic Ilocano kamote with bagoong! We always used sukang Iloko with fish bagoong for this naman. kaka-miss naman.

  17. JMom // 9/05/2006 10:04 AM  

    Hi ces, keep scouting your oriental stores. Some jamaican and african stores carry them too. I just happened to get lucky this year and they sprouted in our garden from old sweet potatoes that we threw in the compost.

    Hi Tin! I've been missing my lola too, especially since I didn't get to see her this summer and have to wait until christmas to see her again. Hope you're having fun on your vacation! :)

    Hi Lumpia, I know what you mean. Every time I fix this I start yearning for some fried tilapia!

    Hi Pookah, the taste is a lot milder but much greener than collards or turnips. The texture is also softer. It doesn't take much to cook it, just a mild blanch.

    Hi Mita, my lola always uses bagoong and calamansi with this and hers always taste better than mine no matter how hard I try to duplicate her proportions. Yung sukang iloko and bagoong, we use for dipping eggplants naman. yumm! :)

  18. stefoodie // 9/07/2006 6:24 PM  

    JMom, your lola sounds like such a fabulous lady. And this dish, as well as our many simple vegetable dishes, speaks "Pinoy" to me as well. My mom always says that in her day, they didn't eat a lot of meat. Fish and veggie dishes such as this one was the everyday fare -- and they're the healthier for it!

    Thanks again for joining us for LP!!!

  19. mike // 9/10/2006 10:09 AM  

    JMom, this is definitely my mother's favourite! She'd settle for this if you gave her a choice between a meat dish and kamote salad!

    Happy 1st LP anniversary!

  20. JMom // 9/10/2006 11:00 AM  

    Hi Stef,she really is fabulous. The last of the maria claras :) I notice how much I quote her when it comes to food. She has been a great influence.

    Hi Mike, yeah, my lola is the same way too. Her diet has always been mainly vegetables with very little meat. I swear it is what has kept her healthy in her old age. She is 85 and going strong and still looking lovely if I do say so myself :D

  21. dudz // 1/15/2008 8:59 AM  

    This is the ideal salad that can cure DENGUE...
    camote tops is proven to cure dengue.. read more on some internet articles... thanks.