from the Spanish bacalao, meaning ‘cod’


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Galunggong is a widely eaten fish in the Philippines. It is so popular that many Filipinos joke that it’s the national fish.

The most common way to cook galunggong is by simple pan-frying, as was done to the fish in the photo. Serve with steamed white rice, and perhaps a dipping sauce of sukà or toyomansi, you’ve got yourself an enjoyable meal.

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Scientific name: Chanos chanos

Known as one of the boniest fishes in the world, the milkfish is the quintessential fish in Philippine cuisine — dried, grilled, stuffed, or used as a primary ingredient in sinigang or paksiw.



Bonuan bangús from Dagupan, Pangasinan

Dagupan City in Pangasinan Province holds a Bangus Festival every year in April. The area is well known for their milkfish products.
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Filipino Dried Fish

The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands! That’s a lot of ocean all around with waters teeming with seafood — and of course fish. Continue reading “Filipino Dried Fish”


Isang uri ng isdang malagkit ang laway.

slipmouth fish, ponyfish, pony fish

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This word is from the Spanish language.


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Talibubu is a fish dish from Rizal province.

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Standard Tagalog-English dictionaries will describe tunsóy as a fimbriated sardine with the scientific name Sardinella fimbriata. (Fimbriated means it has a fringe or border of hairlike or fingerlike projections.)

Many different species of fish, however, have been referred to as tunsóy in the Philippines.

It’s more often translated into English as “herring” rather than sardine.

This fish is marketed fresh, dried-salted, boiled or made into fish balls. It is also exported to other countries.

Believe it or not, in the United States you can buy tunsoy on Amazon! The brands frequently available are Pinoy Fiesta, Lucia, and Pangasinan.

The Amazon reviews are amusing and may be worth reading. 😜