Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Paksiw na Bangus (Milkfish in vinegar)

Paksiw na bangus. Paksiw is a Filipino way of cooking with vinegar being the main seasoning.  I love the paksiw na bangus that my parents usually cook for dinner.  I don't know how they do it and I can't really figure out how they do it.  Everytime I ask my mama how she cooks paksiw, I mean her recipe, she'll just tell me this: Bangus, vinegar (any), water, garlic, peppercorn, vetsin.  That's just it.  I have tried it but I really cannot come up with a paksiw na bangus as tasty as my mama's dish or anyone else's paksiw na bangus. "Ramanam ngamin a" (you have to taste it), my mama's advise when I complain, as if I don't do a taste test :-(

I also like the paksiw na bangus sold at Pinoy Restaurant at Lucky Plaza, it's not too tangy, and the paksiw na bangus of Pingkit (Sirikit Dawaton), I love the blend of its not so sweet and not so sour taste.

I've been experimenting on paksiw na bagus for so long and I really cannot get the right taste  I want.  Below are two of my usual recipe for the paksiw na bangus which I do not like and can anyone tell me what went wrong with this recipe because it usually comes out too sour or either too sweet and sour or no taste at all except that it taste like vinegar :-(


Recipe 1: this recipe tastes too sour sometimes and the bangus tastes plain :-(

Bangus - 1 whole (around 400-500 g) cut into 3-4 pcs

Onion, diced - 1 med bulb

Garlic, crushed - 3 cloves

White vinegar - 6 tbsp

Water - 6 tbsp

Salt - 1 tsp

Peppercorns


Recipe 2:  the dish comes out too sweet and too sour with this recipe, one can separate the sweetness and sourness :-(

Bangus - 1 whole (around 400-500 g) cut into 3-4 pcs

Onion, diced - 1 med bulb

Garlic, crushed - 3 cloves

cider vinegar / white vinegar - 6 tbsp

Water - 6 tbsp

Sugar - 1 tbsp

Salt - 1 tsp

Peppercorns

Cooking Procedure:

Mix everything together in a pan and cook under low fire.

I will really appreciate anyone who can give me a recipe with the exact measurement I can follow.  I want paksiw na isda because I find the cooking healthy.

Estimated Nutritional content per serving :  each recipe yields 4 servings.  Most of the sodium on the recipe is found in the sauce

Recipe 1:

Calories : 238  kcal        Cholesterol : 83 mg

Protein :  32 g.               Sodium : 664 mg



Recipe 2:

Calories : 302 kcal         Cholesterol : 83 mg.

Protein :  32 g                Sodium : 670 mg.

- Foodformylove(18May2011)

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