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Bangus with Tausi

Bangus sa tausi (milkfish in salted black beans) is a savoury Filipino fish stew made with milk fish, black beans and tomatoes. This has been seasoned with minced garlic, green chilies, say sauce, sugar and all purpose flour flour dredging. Bangus in tausi sauce is great for hydrating your boring lunch and making it extra fun to eat. Taste the savoury flavor of the tausi beans and make bangus with tausi today. Yum!

WHAT IS A TAUSI?

Tausi is a common ingredient in Asian cuisines, especially in the Chinese recipes. Tausi, or salted black beans in english, are actually soybeans which are fermented in salt and then processed. Unlike your regulay soy beans, these beans have an extremely powerful umami ang salty flavor which best compliments steamed dishes.

They are commonly bought as canned salted black beans in brine. The Chinese version of these salted black beans are dried and are vaccum-packed which needs to be rehydrated before using. Based on my judgement, the Chinese version is much saltier than the canned ones. What’s important is to wash and rinse these beans to reduce saltiness. 

As simple as it looks like, the tausi sauce is a favorite sauce used in a variety of meat sources like pork, chicken, fish and even meat substitutes like tofu. Aside from this, tausi is used as an umami enhancer to savoury dishes like humba and paksiw and steamed dishes like pork spare ribs.

BANGUS WITH TAUSI

Pork tausi or spareribs in tausi might be the most common dishes you have tasted using this special ingredient. In this recipe, I will share how I make my bangus in tausi.

Tausi sauce is made by simply extracting the umami flavor of the tausi beans and combine it with the earthly and savoury flavors from the basic aromatics used in cooking. It is best combined with simple dishes like the fried ones to simply enhance the dish and give it a little hydration.

Whenever I cook fried bangus for lunch, I make sure I have some tausi sauce prepared on the side. We know how hot the weather is during lunch time so it’s really best to prepare some saucy dishes. They can eat the fried bangus with any dipping sauce they like or have it with my savoury tausi sauce. Pouring tausi sauce over my bowl of newly steamed rice will surely make it flavorful on its own. Eat the bangus with it and your lunch will be much happier!

HOW TO COOK BANGUS WITH TAUSI

Making this dish is super easy and wont cost too much of your time. In this recipe, we are going to prepare the bangus and the sauce flavored with tausi black beans.

Preparing the bangus is pretty simple. It is just like frying your regular bangus. But first, are you one of those who are traumatized in frying because of the oil splashing causing mini burns in your skin? If yes, I have a simple hack for you!

Dredge the fish or meat in flour before putting them in the oil. The flour will serve as a coating and will cook first before the fish. This will also give the fish a brown crust and will seal yummy juices inside.

After you fry your bangus, let’s go and make the tausi sauce.

To start, simply saute the rest of the ingredients until they turn into an aromatic blend. Add the salted black beans (tausi) and saute them as well.

I eased up with the salt or soy sauce since the tausi is already salty. Pour some water to help extract the flavors from the black beans. Have a bite of your tausi beans when cooking to see if they are soft enough. You might also want to mash the tausi a bit while cooking to fully unleash its flavors.

Cook the sauce a bit more until it becomes thicker. That’s when you add the fried bangus from earlier. Baste the bangus with the sauce to absorb all the flavors.

And it’s done! Your bangus with tausi is ready to serve. Make sure to prepare a lot of hot steaming rice beforehand. Yum!

Bangus with Tausi

Course: Fish Recipes
Servings

5

servings

Ingredients

  • 700 grams milkfish (cleaned and scales removed)

  • 4 tablespoons salted black beans

  • 4 to 5 tomatoes (chopped)

  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)

  • green chilies or onion leeks

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (or salt/fish sauce)

  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

  • all purpose flour (for dredging)

  • oil (for frying)

Directions

  • Prepare the bangus slices. Rub them with salt and pepper on both sides. Let them sit for 10 minutes.
  • Put some flour on a plate. Dredge to bangus in the flour. Shake of the excess.
  • Heat some oil in a pan using medium heat. Fry the bangus slices until the skin is crispy and golden brown. Flip to cook the other side. After frying, transfer to a strainer to drain excess oil. Set aside.
  • Heat some oil in another pan. Saute the onions, garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add the tomatoes. Gently crush the tomatoes while sauteing. Add the tausi beans and saute for a minute. Pour a cup of water and let it simmer for a few minutes.
  • Do a taste test. Season the sauce with soy sauce (or salt/fish sauce), black pepper and sugar (optional).
  • Add the fried bangus to the pan and baste them with the sauce. Add some chopped green chilies and onion leeks for added spice and flavor. Let it cook for a few minutes for the bangus to absorb the sauce.
  • Transfer the bangus with tausi to a serving plate and serve with a lot of hot steaming rice. Enjoy!

Bangus with Tausi Recipe (TAGALOG)

MGA SANGKAP:

  • 700 grams bangus (nalinis na at natanggalan ng kaliskis)
  • 4 kutsara ng tausi
  • 4 – 5 kamatis (hiniwa)
  • 3 butil ng bawang (hiniwa ng maliliit)
  • siling pansigang o onion leeks
  • 1 kutsarita ng toyo (o asin/patis)
  • 1 kutsarita ng asukal (optional)
  • harina
  • mantika (pangprito)

PAANO LUTUIN:

  1. Hiwain ang bangus. Pahiran ang mga ito ng asin at paminta. Hayaan muna ito ng 10 minuto.
  2. Maglagay ng harina sa pinggan. Balutin sa harina ang mga bangus. Medyo ishake para malaglag ang sobrang harina.
  3. Magpainit ng mantika gamit ang katamtamang apoy. Iprito ang mga bangus hanggang maging crispy at golden brown. Baliktarin para maluto ang kabilang side. Ilipat ang mga ito sa strainer para tumulo ang sobrang mantika. Isantabi.
  4. Magpainit ng mantika sa hiwalay na kawali. Igisa ang sibuyas, bawang at luya hanggang maging light brown. Maglagay ng isang tasa ng tubig at pakuluan lang ito ng ilang minuto.
  5. Tikman ang sauce. Iadjust ang lasa gamit ng toyo (o asin/patis), paminta at asukal (optional).
  6. Ilagay ang mga pritong bangus sa kawali at buhus-buhusan ng sauce. Maglagay ng siling haba at leeks para mas masarap. Hayaan itong maluto ng konti pa para maabsorb ng bangus ang sauce.
  7. Ilipat ang bangus with tausi sa serving plate at ihain kasama ng mainit na kanin. Enjoy!

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