Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sari Sari- Filipino Fish Soup

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I know, you sound a bit freaked out right? Fish soup? Well in my family your mouth would water knowing that it is going to be cooked soon. I'm home from work today as I had to take Miss Lola to the vet to be desexed. As fish hating Mr. BB wont be home, I used this opportunity to cook up something good!

Sari Sari is any kind of Filipino Soup, it can contain prawns, squid, pork belly fish and seasonal stewed vegetables. I have added my favorites in there. Mum would chuck a nana knowing that I have added beans, but she doesn't have to know :D.

I have such love for this food that I had to share it. Even though my Sari Sari is ok, it would never be as good as my Mums version. Every time I would come home for the holidays Mum, would have a batch made and as soon as I would walk in, she would say "Halo Lub, I have made Pish Soup. Come, you sit, you eat. Pish is good por your skin, make you beautipul!". She is so cute! :D

Sari Sari- Filipino Fish Soup
From memories of Mums Kitchen


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1 large fillet of white fish. (I have used barramundi. Basa is fine to use, but mum would usually use fish wings)
1 Large brown onion
6 Cloves of garlic, peeled and bruised
1 Large knob of ginger, peeled, sliced and bruised.
1/2 of 1 large Eggplant
1/2 Red Capsicum
1 Tomato
As Many Beans as you like
1 Bunch of Pak Choy
3 tbs Brown vinegar or as needed
3 tsp sugar
Salt and peppercorns to season- enough salt to make it quite salty.

Amounts of ingredients are usually forgiving. You and add extra or less of any ingredients to get the taste to your liking. I had to add extra vinegar and sugar today.


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Fry your ginger, garlic, onion until aromatic or slightly browned

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add your fish fillets. Do not be tempted to stir as this will break up the fish. Seal fish.

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I used this opportunity to also cut my vegetables into chunks.

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Add Eggplant, capsicum and tomato. Add Boiling water to cover. Add Vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.

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Simmer until vegetables are soft. Add other ingredients, Pak Choy, beans and anything else you would like to add e.g non traditional broccoli. Simmer until water has reduced to 1/3 of original size and all ingredients have stewed and are soft.

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Taste for seasoning, add more vinegar or sugar if needed. Serve with rice.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your family recipe! This is the second Filipino soup recipe I learnt this week! Looks really delicious!