Friday, February 25, 2011


Oftentimes, food cravings can be a great source of inspiration for a new dish. 

Today, I had an intense craving for daing na bangus (marinated milkfish) with tomatoes on the side.  I knew that I had milkfish in the freezer.  I patiently waited for it to thaw then prepared it the traditional way: marinating it with vinegar, fish sauce, garlic and pepper, then hurriedly fried it.  

I was ready to enjoy the freshly fried fish with a heaping bowl of fried rice when I realized that I didn't have tomatoes.  "How could I not have tomatoes?" I quizzed myself.  My disappointment caused me, albeit temporary, to suffer severe mental anguish, hahaha.  I stood there staring at my fridge, trying to find my tomatoes (I was in denial, haha!).  A bottle of sun-dried tomatoes glistened on the side of the fridge as if saying "get me" instead.  It was like ideas flew out of the bottle...  a gift of improvisation I guess??? ... I decided to make sun-dried tomato sauce instead.

The dish was a winner. It totally made me forget about my initial craving for fresh red tomatoes.  Indeed, I had quite a delightful meal.

Daing na Bangus with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Milkfish (deboned, butterfly cut)
1/4 c Vinegar
1 tbsp Fish Sauce
2 cloves Garlic (minced)

Mix vinegar and fish sauce together with garllic and pepper.  Marinate the milkfish.  Drain and fry it on a large skillet for about 5 minutes or until golden brown.

Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

2 tbsp sun dried tomatoes
1 tbsp green olives
2 gloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp monterey seasoning  (or you could use seafood seasoning)

On another skillet, add olive oil.  Saute the garlic.  Add sun dried tomatoes and green olives.  Season it with Monterey seasoning.  Pour it over the fried bangus.  Enjoy!


  1. I hate it when that happens. I mean when you crave for something that's not avaiable. Great twist on the daing

  2. I have to get daing, too! Malou, maybe it's a Kapampangan thing, but we also eat daing with burong hipon (tagilaw).

    I like your take on our daing! Yeah!

  3. I love it, Malou! Daing with a Mediterranean twist, good job. I miss it. The bangus sold here is not very nice (too big). I used to eat daing with mayonnaise on pan de sal.

  4. TagaTugue: I know it could make you go crazy haha..

    Anonymous: I haven't tried tagilaw yet.. but that's something to try!

    Adora: Thank you Adora. Bangus with mayo in pandesal sounds yummy!

  5. love this fish and great new recipe you created

  6. This is a nice twist on daing na bangus. I love sun dried tomatoes and bangus. I think it's a perfect combo.
    Nice job Malou!

  7. that's a good combination...specially with the suka dipping sauce, yum! na kakapag laway=P

  8. I love bangus (obviously) and I love sun-dried tomatoes, too. I'm intrigued by the flavors and will try it out soon! Thank you for sharing Malou!

  9. This is a good try! Simple and good combination! Thanks for sharing! Although, I don't normally comment on your blog, I love your recipes. I am a fan!!!

  10. that looks even better than plain old tomatoes, malou! wish i could come over for dinner.

  11. thanks reb!
    laura: I was wondering if you have bangus up there too.

    cusinera: now im craving for suka haha

    Jun: thanks for dropping by

    victoria: hi glad you like my recipes.. aww i'm tickled pink.

    annie: would love to be neighbors with you that would be so much fun!

  12. that daing na bangus looks absolutely tasty, well done ma'am nievera

  13. I love sun-dried tomatoes, and I like this Mediterranean style milkfish sandwich. This is a well-inspired recipe.

  14. I love the Mediterranean twist on this delicious fish dish you created.
    So colorful, and inviting!


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