This word is from the Spanish bacalao, meaning ‘cod.’


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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”


from the English word projects
orthodox Tagalog spelling: dyeproks
stylistic spelling: jeprox
faux-pretentious spelling: jefrox

spoiled brat

This is Filipino slang from the 70s and 80s. The word refers to the affluent “projects” (neighborhoods) of Quezon City. Transpose the syllables in the word ‘projects’ to get jeproks.
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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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RECIPE: Fish Escabeche

* This recipe is provided without warranty of any kind.

Please consider it only as a guide.


one whole fleshy fish
(lapulapu, red snapper, carp or mackerel)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
some flour to dredge the fish in

1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp ginger root,  cut into thin strips
1/2 cup sliced onions
1 cup red and green bell peppers, cut into strips
2 tbsp lard or oil

2 cups water
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp cornstarch (dissolve in water)
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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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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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