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#153 Tuyo

Tuyo at sinangag (tuyo and ried rice)

There was a time when tuyo (salted dried herring) was considered by many Filipinos as “the poor’s man’s fish” since it’s sold cheap and is considered a fish of poorer ‘quality.’ Sold as dried salted fish in public markets, tuyo on the dinner table was an indicator of how one’s fortunes have dived or plunged into the deep blue sea.

Today, however, Filipino cuisine have re-discovered this once lowly dried fish. Chic food stores in Metro Manila malls are now peddling to the middle and upper classes marinated tuyo, or at least the boneless sort called ‘gourmet tuyo.” Marinated in oil and garlic, slivers of gourmet tuyo is a yummy ingredient to seafood-based pasta and prices of a bottled marinated tuyo would make many tuyo fans real proud.

If one prefers a good old traditional Pinoy meal, a good recommendation is tuyo at sinangag (tuyo and fried rice). Add some salted duck’s eggs (itlog na pula) and your meal would never go wrong. But for the health conscious watch out for the high salt content…  

Bon apettit!

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#126 Sinarapan

Sinarapan, compared with the size of a 10-cent coin

The sinarapan (Mistichthys luzonensis) is the world’s smallest commercially-harvested fish endemic or native to the Philippines. They are found in the Bicol region in southern Luzon island, particularly in Lake Buhi, Lake Bato, Bicol River and other bodies of water in Camarines Sur province.

Sinarapan are a type of goby and they are transparent, except for the black eyes. The sinarapan is so tiny, they measure only 2.1-2.45 cm and have an average length of 12.5mm. The males of this species are smaller, shorter and more slender than the females. A school of sinarapan, approximately 100,000 to 500,000 individuals, swim at an average depth of 7 to 10 meters. If placed inside a tabletop aquarium, they live for only about 10 minutes

Today, the sinarapan are threatened with extinction due to overfishing.

Mabuhay ang sinarapan!

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