Hear ye! Hear ye! The Pambansang Kamao has returned!
Sugar Shane Mosley did not cut a foxy figure. Instead he danced the foxtrot in the ring. Was told that after his fight with the Pacman, he is planning to teach dancing lessons. Hahahaha.
Am sorry. This is not a post-fight analysis. This is a cooking article.
Pop in the Pambansang Awit CD, let Charice sing the anthem as we cook two dishes of the Pambansang Isda for the Pambansang Kamao.
Milkfish cooked two ways, our tribute to the Pacman!
Very simple dishes after the artery-clogging ones we had in the past weeks.
TINOLA NGA BANGRUS
Su-To-Kil or sugba, tola, kilaw are the usual methods in Filipino cooking. The emphasis is on freshness and the availability of ingredients.
To serve this dish good for four to six, depending on your appetite and those of your cohorts, you need:
Two large bangus approximately half a kilo (depending on the size of the poor fish and its cohorts)
Batuan (or any souring agent that you like)
One small head of cabbage (or you can use malunggay or camote tops)
Two large onions
Fresh chili (paitan)
How to do it:
Quite simple. Clean and slice the fish.
In a pot, boil water (again depending on the amount of broth that you want but five to six cups of water will do), throw in the batuan, the onions and the tomatoes.
When the batuan softens and has already imparted its sour taste to the broth, dunk the fish.
Allow to cook for a few minutes. Add the chili, season to taste.
Add the cabbage leaves then garnish with bellpeppers upon serving.
CRISPY BANGUS CHIPS
Nothing fancy with this one, just plain fried bangus.
The only difference is in the way you cut it.
Start out with a bangus suffering from hypothermia. That is, the frozen bangus straight out of the freezer.
This way, the slicing won’t damage the flesh.
Cut into thin slices (see photo above), salt it then fry.
Taste the difference.
In the next edition of Latok Kalan-an, we will be featuring “Fried Sinamak.” How to do it? Next week.
We don’t say “bon appetit” like the French, we say manamit nga pagkaon!