Category: Fish

Sweet & Sour Fish Recipe

Sweet & Sour Fish Recipe

The tangy and sweet taste of the sauce greatly compliment the succulence of this freshly caught fish.

Ingredients:

4 Bisugo (Threadfin Bream), descaled and gutted

6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

4 tbsp ketchup (use banana ketchup for a spicier option)

3/4 cup water

1 inch ginger, peeled and chopped into tiny sticks

oil

2 tsp cooking wine

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp vinegar

1/2 – 1 tbsp cornstarch

salt according to taste

2 shallots, sliced thinly

Method of Preparation:

 

 

Pangat Na Sapsap (Recipe 2)

Sapsap is widely available in the Philippines.  It is as popular fish in the Philippines.
They are not much bigger than the palm of your hand but they are surprisingly fleshy.
Pangat is the most popular way to cook sapsap which is delicious served with freshly boiled rice or fried rice, Filipino style.

Pangat Na Sapsap (Recipe 2)

Ingredients:
2½ lbs fresh sapsap, gutted and cleaned
2 lemons, juiced or 10 large calamansi, juiced
Salt, according to taste but perhaps with a teaspoonful
3 tbsp cooking oil
Method of Preparation
1. Prepare the fish and then drain off excess water.
2. Arrange the fish on a cooking pot or casserole pan.
3. Sprinkle the salt and then pour in the juice all over the fish.
4. Cover the pan and cook for 7-10 minutes until the fish have tuned whitely opaque.
5,  Serve immediately with freshly boiled rice and some tomato and shallot salad.
Enjoy
PS For the tomato-based pangat recipe please click here.

Tortang Dilis (Anchovies Omelette) Recipe

Tortang Dilis, photo by Ruben Ortega

Tortang Dilis (Anchovies Omelette) Recipe

For the above photo, I would just like to take this moment to thank a very good high school friend of mind, Mr Ruben Ortega, who is a very good cook as well as lucky enough to live near the sea (Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines), thereby getting the freshest seafood and vegetables to turn into delicious cuisines. Thanks!

Anchovies Omelette is perfect for breakfast, lunch and even dinner.  With the right sauce it can be a complete meal with just a small (;) ) serving of rice.

Dilis omelette in the size of small burgers over a bed of leafy salad can be an appetising starter for a dinner party.

Dulong or silverfish can be a suitable substitute for dilis or anchovies.  Either one will be perfect for this egg batter recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 kilo dulong or dilis (anchovies)
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 heaped tablespoon plain flour
  • 2 stalks spring onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped  fresh flat parsley
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder (optional) for a spicier taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for pan frying

Method of Preparation:

Combine eggs, salt, pepper, flour and spring onion, garlic, parsley and chilli powder in a large mixing bowl.

Beat using an egg beater or a fork until everything is mix in together.

Tip in the plain flour.  Add more flour if the consistency is too runny.  It should be more like an American pancake gloop. 🙂

Add the fresh dulong or dilis.   Ensure the dilis are covered batter.

Heat a frying pan and pour-in enough cooking oil.

Once the oil is hot, (to test, drop a few grains of salt, if it is hot enough, the oil should sizzle) add a small ladle of the anchovies batter.

Cook the first side for about 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown then flip to cook the other side.

Remove and drain over paper towels.

Continue cooking the rest of the anchovies batter.

Serve hot with spiced vinegar dip or just plain tomato ketchup.

Ang sarap!

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Salmon Sashimi

Salmon sashimi, photo by Arnold Gamboa

Salmon Sashimi

With sashimi, there are at least three things to consider:  The freshness of the fish, a good sharp chef’s knife or a miyabi and a solid chopping board.

Ingredients

  • 200 g fresh salmon fillet
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp wasabi sauce

Method of Preparation:

Clean the salmon first and then pat dry with paper towel.

Put the fillet on the chopping board.

Proceed to slice the salmon as thinly, about 1 cm in thickness maximum and as cleanly as possible.  A really sharp knife is a must.

Arrange the strips on a dainty serving plate with a little ceramic bowls of the soy sauce and wasabi sauce.

Enjoy!

 

 

Grilled Lapu Lapu in Oyster Sauce

Grilled lapu lapu in Oyster Sauce

Grilled Lapu Lapu in oyster sauce, photo by Ruben Ortega

This recipe is quite easy to make and perfect for an outside barbecue.

It is cooked wrapped in banana leaves (these can be availed in the frozen section of Oriental supermarket), which gives a delicious and ‘fresh’ taste to the fish beloved by Filipinos.

The fish wrapped banana leaves is then re-wrapped in tin (aluminium) foil for two reasons:  one, to prevent the banana leaves from burning  and two, the foil would ensure the fish to stay soft and moist as it cooks.

 

Ingredients

  • Whole lapu lapu (grouper fish), cleaned, descaled and gutted
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 sweet red peppers, sliced
  • 2 shallots or small onions, diced
  • 1/2 inch ginger, julienne

 

Method of Preparation:

  • Arrange the banana leaves to be enclosed over a larger tin foil (see photo above)
  • Place the fish on top of the banana leaves.
  • Drizzle it with olive oil, drop the garlic all over the fish, do the same with the red peppers, shallots or onions as well as the ginger.
  • Spoon in the oyster sauce.
  • Wrap the fish fist with the banana leaves, enclosing all the ingredients onto the fish.
  • Then securely wrap the banana leaves parcel in tin foil.
  • Put the tin foil directly into the barbecue and cook for 20-30 minutes.  Ensure to turn over at foil parcel on the barbecue as it cooks.
  • Serve with some green salad and buttered bread.

Enjoy

 

 

Sinabawang Ulo Ng Tuna

Sinabawang Ulo Ng Tuna, photo by Ruben Ortega

Sinabawang Ulo Ng Tuna

Awww the air is getting colder as we head towards autumn or rainy season in some other parts of the world.  What better way to cope and ‘try to’ enjoy this change than by having a heart-warming delicious soup.  Sinabawang ulo ng tuna is a recipe which uses the head or jaw of tuna fish.   There are a lot of goodness in the tuna head/jaw alone and just perfect for some soupy recipes like the one below.

Ingredients:

2-2½ lbs Tuna head, sliced
1 tbsp vegetable oil
6 cups water
1 onion, decoratively cut into rings
4-6 tomatoes, sliced
1 teaspoon ginger strips
1/2 head Chinese cabbage, roughly cut  or 2 heads Pechay (bok choy), leaves separated
some chili fingers
2 tablespoons fish sauce or salt to taste

Procedure:

1. Using a large casserole pan, saute the ginger, onion and tomatoes in oil.

2. Quickly add the fish head, then add the water and bring to a boil, when boiling reduce the heat to simmer, this might take 20 minutes until fish is cooked.

3. Increase the heat, add the Chinese cabbage or pechay and chilies.

4.Season with fish sauce or salt according to your taste.  Simmer for another minute and it is ready to be enjoyed with some freshly boiled rice.

Enjoy! Itadakimasu

Steamed Sea Bass

 

Steamed Sea Bass, photo by Arnold Gamboa

Steamed Sea Bass

This recipe is everything.  It is healthy and it is delicious.

Ingredients:

  • sea bass, scaled and gutted (ask the fishmonger to do this if possible)
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 20g fresh ginger, cut into thin strands
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 300g (ml) hot water
  • 1tbsp light soy
  • 1tsp shaoxing wine vinegar
  • 1tsp fish sauce
  • 1 stalk Spring onion, slice finely on a diagonal
  • 1 red birds eye chilli, chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, sliced finely

Method of preparation:

The process of steaming your fish is entirely up to you.  It can be done using a large bamboo steamer that would fit the wok and then heat over your stove.

Otherwise, use a large roasting tin with rack; preheat the oven to 180C.

Score 3 or 4 lines across the skin of the sea bass at both sides.

If you are using a roasting tin like the above, flip the rack to give height to it.  Then lightly cover the rack with a bit of aluminium foil so that the vegetables won’t fall onto the roasting tin beneath it.  As much as possible use a roasting tin which would fit  the whole sea bass.

Stuff the belly of the fish with some ginger and  a bit of onion.

First arrange the tomatoes all over the rack, add the  in the rest of the vegetables over the tomatoes.  And then carefully put the fish of top of the vegetables.

Now season the hot water with soy sauce, shaoxing wine vinegar (or rice wine vinegar) and fish sauce. Stir in the chopped garlic as well.

Pour this stock directly into the roasting tray. Cover the whole tray tightly with foil – ensuring to enclose the entirety of the fish and no steam will escape. Cook for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and take the foil off (to prevent it cooking further).

Carefully transfer the whole delicate fish into a serving plate and arrange the vegetable around it.  Then spoon in the delicious stock over the fish.

To garnish with the spring onions and  chilli.

Served with rice and freshly perhaps a salad of blanched bok choy!

Congee With Dried Anchovies

Congee with Dried Anchovies, photo by PH Morton

Congee With Dried Anchovies

When we stayed at the Armada Hotel, in Malate, Philippines for almost a whole week, everyday, I started by breakfast with congee or lugaw topped with crispily fried dried anchovies or dilis.

It was strange at first as I have never had dili in my lugaw before but I quickly developed a taste for it.  It sets the day right.

Now back in London, I am missing this little treat.  Thank goodness it is pretty easy to make at home.

Here is the recipe –

Ingredients

  • Congee
    1. 3 tsp sesame oil
    2. 1 small onion, chopped finely
    3. 1/2 cup long-grain rice (uncooked)
    4. 4 cups vegetable stock or 3 vegetable cubes dissolved in 4 cups of hot water
    5. 1/2 ” piece of ginger (grated finely)
    Toppings
    1. 2 tbsp chili oil
    2. 2 tbsp dried anchovies, fried until golden and crispy
    3. 1 egg (boiled)
    4. 6 cloves garlic, chopped finely and then fried until golden brown
    5. 1 stalk spring onion, chopped
    6. Fish sauce
    7. Calamansi or lemon, juiced

Method of Preparation:

Congee

  1. Heat the sesame oil in a large saucepan over high heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion and fry until translucent.
  3. Stir in the rice and cook for a couple of minutes until well covered with the oil.
  4. Pour in vegetable stock, add the ginger and bring to a boil.
  5. When it starts to boil, reduce the heat and leave to simmer but ensure to give it a stir once in a while.
  6. When the rice had softened and absorbed most of the liquid and has a porridge-like thickness, then it is cooked but if a more runny consistency is wished, add more hot water.

Toppings

  1. Fry the anchovies in wok or frying pan with a little oil.  Stir for 5 minutes until golden brown and crispy all over.
  2. Ladle a good portion for one in a bowl. Add a bit of fish sauce to the congee.  Sprinkle with the fried garlic and chopped spring onion then add the chopped boiled egg and dried anchovies.
  3. Finally drizzle with the juice of calamansi or lemon according to taste.

Enjoy!

 

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