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Pinaputok na Bangus

Create new adventures with your bangus by turning it into pinaputok na bangus! This milkfish recipe is filled with different types of aromatics like tomatoes, onions, garlic, and ginger which will all grant the powerful and delicious flavors bursting inside your mouth. Best paired with hot steaming rice and special suka. Try this recipe today! 

PINAPUTOK NA BANGUS

Bangus, or milkfish, is a saltwater fish which is very abundant in the Philippine waters. This fish got its other name given that its flesh is described to be milky white when cooked.

Have you ever been to Dagupan City in Pangasinan? This city is known as the bangus capital of the country. This festival is celebrated April of every year to honor the city’s thriving aquaculture especially in bangus. I was honored to have watched this festival even for once in my life. The people wear bangus costumes and there are a lot of variety shows. What I loved best during my stay there was watching a bangus deboning competition! These people are really the best of the best! I am so impressed with their skills and inspired to practice my own.

Bangus is one among the best fish I’ve tasted. Not being biased because it’s the national fish of the Philippines! I have discovered that bangus is originally a saltwater fish. They don’t breed in freshwater so the breeders let the eggs hatch and grow a bit in the saltwater and then transfer them to fresh water to fully grow! Now I understand why the flesh gives that fresh ocean taste!

Aside from being the national fish of the country, bangus is also notorious because of another thing–its bones. When someone says, “mas matinik ka pa kaysa sa bangus”, take it as a complement. It only means that you are attractive enough to make people fall in love with you.

Bangus is best when cooked as paksiw. If you’re worn out with paksiw or fried bangus and wanting to try other dish, try this pinaputok  na bangus recipe! The steps are very simple and will only take a few minutes to prepare.

Try the recipe below and tell me what you think!

BANGUS DEBONING 101:

Buying boneless bangus will make this recipe so much easier. But what will you do if you can’t find one?

Yummy Kitchen presents Bangus Deboning 101: The quickest way of removing the fish bones.

If you will  notice, bangus bones really differ with other fish. When you take out a fishbone, the bone will branch out into three. That was made more difficult as these fishbones are too thin and needs really 20-20 eye vision.

There are many references online on how to debone. Here’s a quick way to debone a milkfish without causing a single sweat:

  1. Prepare your weapons: knife, chopping board and tweezers.
  2. Remove the scales and fins, and then clean the outer part of the fish.
  3. Split the fish on the dorsal side using a knife and then open the fish like a butterfly. Remove the interanal organs and rinse the fish.
  4. Pull out the ribs using the tweezers. Make a straight slit from the head to the tail.
  5. Remove the spines using the tweezers (this is the difficult part).
  6. Rinse the fish and it is now ready to use! 🙂

HOW TO MAKE PINAPUTOK NA BANGUS

Bangus is definitely more loveable when it comes boneless. This pinaputok na bangus recipe will show you a way to level up your favorite bangus.

Before everything else, prepare the aromatic fillings. This will involve you a lot of chopping so prepare yourself. If you are preparing a large batch, a vegetable chopper would come in very handy and can save you a lot of time.

This recipe uses 2 large pieces of bangus. You can either remove the bones yourself or buy already boneless ones. The burst of flavor in this dish lies mostly in the aromatics so there rubbing some salt and pepper to the fish flesh is already enough.

When both the fish and fillings are done, place the fillings inside the fish and then fold. This dish is called pinaputok na bangus as the bangus is almost bursting of fillings.

Since our filled fish is very prone to bursting in the pan while cooking, we will use the banana leaf hack. Gather some banana leaves from your backyard and clean them. To make them pliable enough to hold the fish, wilt them by quickly passing them over the flame. Lastly, spread some margarine or butter before placing the bangus inside.  Spreading margarine to the banana leaf adds flavor and prevent the fish from sticking to the leaves when cooking. Roll the banana leaves and tie them carefully. I used banana ties also made from banana leaves. But you can use whatever tie available.

Lastly, fry the banana leaves with bangus in medium deep oil, just enough to submerge the leaves. Bangus are usually large so I recommend you to cook them one fish at a time. By checking the banana leaves, you can also know whether your overcooking them or not.

Remove the banana leaves and reveal our pinaputok na bangus. This is best served with a lot of hot steaming rice and special suka. Enjoy!

Pinaputok na Bangus

Course: Fish Recipes
Servings

6

servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large bangus (500 grams each)

  • 5 large tomatoes (chopped)

  • 1 large onion (chopped)

  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced)

  • 1 thumb-sized ginger (minced)

  • 2 salted eggs (optional)

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • margarine (or butter)

  • banana leaves

  • cooking oil

Directions

  • In a large bowl, add the tomatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Prepare the boneless bangus. Rub both sides with some salt and pepper.
  • Add half of the vegetable mixture on one bangus. Layer some salted eggs (optional). Fold the bangus. Do these steps to the other bangus.
  • Spread some butter or margarine to the wilted banana leaf. Place the bangus in the banana leaf and roll carefully. Tie the banana leaf using banana leaf strands.
  • Heat some oil in a pan. Add the rolled banana leaf with bangus. Do this one fish at a time.
  • Cover the pan and let it cook for 10 minutes using medium heat. Flip the banana leaf to cook the other side. Cover the pan and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove the leaf from the pan and let it rest for at least 10 minutes before unwrapping.
  • Unwrap the bangus and transfer it to a serving plate.
  • Serve the pinaputok na bangus with your favorite toyomansi dip and a bowl of hot steaming rice. Enjoy!

Pinaputok na Bangus Recipe (TAGALOG)

MGA SANGKAP:

  • 2 malalaking bangus (1/2 kilo bawat isa)
  • 5 malalaking kamatis (hiniwa)
  • 1 malaking sibuyas (hiniwa)
  • 5 butil ng bawang (hiniwa ng maliliit)
  • 1 luya (hiniwa ng maliliit)
  • 2 itlog na pula (optional)
  • asin at paminta
  • mantikilya (o butter)
  • dahon ng saging
  • mantika (pangprito)

PAANO LUTUIN:

  1. Ilagay sa malaking bowl ang kamatis, sibuyas, bawang, asin at paminta. Haluin ng mabuti.
  2. Ihanda ang boneless bangus. Budburan ng asin at paminta ang parehong sides.
  3. Ilagay ang kalahati ng veggie mixture sa loob ng isang bangus. Maglagay ng hiniwang itlog na pula (optional). Gawin din ito sa isa pang bangus.
  4. I-brush ng mantikilya ang dahon ng saging. Ilagay ang bangus sa dahon at dahan dahang I-roll. Talian ang dahon gamit ang panaling gawa rin sa dahon.
  5. Magpainit ng mantika. Ilagay ang dahon ng saging na may bangus. Huwag pagsabayin lutuin ang dalawang bangus.
  6. Takpan ang kawali at hayaan itong maluto ng 10 minuto gamit ang katamtamang apoy. Baliktarin ito para maluto ang kabilang side. Lutuin ulit ito ng 10 pang minuto. Tanggalin ang dahon sa kawali at hayaan muna ang isda ng 10 minuto bago tanggalin sa dahon.
  7. Tanggalin ang dahon at ilipat ang isda sa pinggan.
  8. Ihain ang pinaputok na bangus kasama ng toyomansi dip at mainit na kanin. Enjoy!

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