How to cook Bangus ala Pobre
- 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
- 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.
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
Preparation Method: Poached/Simmered