Filipino Mudfish Stew (Pesang Dalag) Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound mudfish (dalag) fillets or steaks
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1 piece fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced into julienne strips
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 3 cups water
  • 10 peppercorns, crushed
  • 1/2 cup leeks or scallions, sliced
  • 1 cabbage, quartered
  • 1 bunch Chinese lettuce, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • Salt or patis (fish sauce) and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Misu-Tomato Sauce (see the recipe below)
How to cook Filipino Mudfish Stew (Pesang Dalag):
  • Season the fish fillets with salt.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat oil and saute ginger and onion.
  • When onion turns transparent, add water and peppercorns. Bring to a boil. Add the fish.
  • Bring to a quick second boil. Turn off heat.
  • Add leeks or scallions, cabbage and Chinese lettuce.
  • Season with patis or salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the mudfish stew hot with misu-tomato sauce.

Misu-Tomato Sauce Recipe

Misu-Tomato Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely minced ripe tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons salted bean paste (misu)
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
How to cook Misu-Tomato Sauce:
  • In a small skillet, heat oil and saute garlic until light brown, then onion until transparent and tomatoes until soft.
  • Add bean paste. Mix and mash the whole mixture with a fork.
  • Add vinegar and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil.
Filipino Mudfish Stew (Pesang Dalag) recipe

Hint:

Instead of dalag, you may choose tilapia or grouper for this recipe.

Comments:

The Filipino name for the Mudfish Stew is Pesang Dalag.
Mudfish (dalag) also known as: blackfish, grindle, cypress bass, or bowfin.

This recipe for Filipino Mudfish Stew (Pesang Dalag) serves/makes: 4

The Filipino Mudfish Stew (Pesang Dalag) recipe is adopted from The Philippine Cookbook by Reynaldo Alejandro.

Main Ingredient: Mudfish/Dalag (more Mudfish/Dalag recipes)
Preparation Method: Soup/Stew (more Soup/Stew recipes)
Cuisine: Filipino (more Filipino recipes)

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