Bangus ala Pobre Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 servings


  • 2 boneless bangus (milkfish) bellies, cut into halves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rings
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
How to cook Bangus ala Pobre:
  • Season bangus belly with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, soy sauce and water. Set aside.
  • In a pan over medium heat, heat about 1 tablespoon cooking oil. Add onion rings and cook, stirring regularly, until caramelized (about 1 - 2 minutes). Remove from pan and keep warm.
  • In another pan over medium heat, heat about 1/2 cup cooking oil. Add fish and cook, turning once or twice, until lightly browned. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Remove oil from pan except 1 tablespoon. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds or until aromatic. Add lemon juice-soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil, scraping sides of pan.
  • Add lightly-fried bangus bellies and cook, spooning sauce over fish, for about 3 - 5 minutes or until fish is cooked through and coated with sauce. Remove from pan.
  • Arrange fish on a serving plate, spoon sauce on top and garnish with fried onions.
  • Serve the Bangus ala Pobre hot with steamed plain rice.
Bangus ala Pobre recipe
Bangus ala Pobre recipe


Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins

The Bangus ala Pobre is a very affordable dish. This recipe is delicious, simple, and really easy to cook.


  • DO NOT overcook fish. It will dry up and become hard. Don't be scared if you didn't fry it to a crisp - it would still cook when you simmer it with the liquids.
  • Don't like onion too much? Slash the amount in half.
  • Use calamansi or lime to substitute for lemon.


Bangus ala Pobre is a bistek-style dish using boneless bangus bellies lightly-fried and then simmered in soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic and onions.

Pobre in Spanish means "poor". But when it comes to food, when I hear "ala pobre", that means the food has garlic in it, ha-ha!
I don't know if it this is just a Filipino thing or if there's a food history from Spain aboutala pobre dishes. But as I prepared Bangus ala Pobre for dinner last night, I thought, it must have been called "ala pobre" because it is a dish which uses simple ingredients that are affordable.

This recipe for Bangus ala Pobre serves/makes: 4 servings

The Bangus ala Pobre recipe is adopted from The Philippine Cookbook.BlackPrint

Main Ingredient: Milkfish (more Milkfish recipes)
Preparation Method: Poached/Simmered (more Poached/Simmered recipes)
Cuisine: Filipino (more Filipino recipes)

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