Jul 16, 2008

Bangus Steak / Bangus Bistek

While pregnant with Mika bangus (milkfish) was one of the things I always craved. I had it inihaw, sinigang, prito and of course, Filipino bistek style.

Many people I know do not like eating bangus because it's so fussy to eat, having lots of bones to pick. But did you know that for a small charge (P20.00) you can have your suki fish vendor debone your bangus? And of course boneless bangus is available in supermarkets, some of them already marinated/seasoned, some of them in fillets (belly and back). For this recipe I used back fillets bought from the South Supermarket. People say I am strange for liking the flesh better than the (more flavorful) belly, but hey, to each his own! :P


What's In It?
1 pack SeaKing Bangus Back Fillets, about 450g.
1/2 t salt
1 c cooking oil
1/3 c soy sauce
1/8 c calamansi juice (squeezed from 6-8 med.-sized calamansi)
1 1/2 c water
3-4 T sugar (I prefer brown/washed)
1 med. onion, peeled and sliced into rings
6 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed
1 t ground black peppercorns

Kitchen Conjugations:
Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry bangus fillets until golden brown and a little crisp.

While waiting for bangus to fry, in another pan or wok, saute onions and garlic for 2 minutes or until onions become soft and translucent. Remove some of the onions from pan and set aside to use as garnish later.

Stir in sugar, peppercorns, soy sauce and water. Let boil and simmer for one minute. Pour in calamansi juice but DO NOT stir until after the mixture boils. Simmer for 3 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. (You may want it to be on the sweeter or more sour side.) Remove from heat and set aside.

Arrange cooked bangus in a semi-deep dish and pour soy sauce-calamansi mixture. Garnish with the onion rings and serve with hot, steaming rice.


Substitution notes:
1) You can always use bone-in bangus, bangus belly and other fish for this recipe. Tanigue, alumahan work just as well.
2) No fresh calamansi? Use 1/2 teaspoon Knorr Sinigang sa Calamansi mix. :)