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!