Tuyo, photo by PH Morton
Tuyo – [Genus Sardinella]
Tuyo and eggs, photo by Bess Mercado
Times had changed, it certainly had.
Once upon a time, tuyo is food for the poor. And many a television dramas had been made of poor families often grumbling about having tuyo again for every breakfast. Only the poor ate it, tuyo was very inexpensive then.
These dramas influenced me. There was a time when I would have fainted if my mother had offered to feed me tuyo when I was in my teens. 🙂 🙂 🙂 LOL
She remembered that time too, because when I went back home after so many years living in London, I requested fried tuyo with sinagag (garlic fried rice) for breakfast.
“Since when do you eat tuyo?” my mother asked me.
“he he he … from now!”
And I made good of that statement. For some reason, I missed tuyo whilst in London.
Almost everyday of a month-long stay in the Philippines, I had fried tuyo for breakfast. I just love it.
Apparently tuyo had cross-over the social divide in the Philippines. Even the elite had taken to dining on tuyo, perhaps better presented in a silver platter! 🙂
Tuyo has a very distinctive smell. It is rather pungent. If you are frying it, the whole neighourhood would know! If you were the cook, you would smell of it and if you had eaten it, well you have to brush your teeth thoroughly.
Tuyo are sardines which are salted and dried.
It is so easy to cook it. Just fry both sides until crispy.
Best eaten with runny fried eggs and tonnes of fried rice.