How to Make Balao-Balao (Buro)

Balao-balao or buro, a native delicacy made from rice and shrimps, comes from the province of Pampanga. Also known as salted shrimps, it is tastier when eaten with eggplant, lettuce, mustard, and other vegetables.


  • Spatula
  • Sterilized bottles
  • 2 pcs square polyethylene plastic
  • Mixing bowls
  • Plastic strainer
  • Plate


  • 250g or 1/4 kilo suahe shrimp with heads removed
  • 43.5g salt
  • 1.2kg or 6 cups of cooked rice
    1. Rice must be of the C4 variety.
    2. When cooked, the rice must be slightly wet.
    3. Use 4 cups of water to make the rice slightly watery.
    4. Set aside cooked rice to cool.


  1. Mix salt and shrimp in mixing bowl. Mash thoroughly until the shrimp absorbs the salt. Let stand for 2 hours.
  2. After 2 hours, put cooked rice in a mixing bowl. Add salt/shrimp mixture then mash to mix ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Add the remaining salt to the mixture and mix. Set aside.
  4. Transfer the mixture into sterilized bottles. Leave a centimeter head space from the mouth.
  5. Cover bottles with polyethylene plastic. Cap tightly. Set aside for 10 days to ferment.
  6. On the 10th day, the balao-balao is ready to be served. To cook, saute with garlic and onion.

The balao-balao will last for 2 months when kept in a freezer.



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