Back in Beijing, it’s no use buying a lot of fresh goods to cook as we spend little time here and days of eating gourmet food made us crave for simpler things in life. So for three days, we had hotdogs, omelet, sauteed long beans and cucumber salad fresh from our Client’s orchard, spaghetti with bacon and sausages tossed in olive oil as requested by the kiddo, and canned goods such as tuna chunks, corned beef hash and of course, sardines. Back home, canned sardines is a staple for breakfast and the pantry should always have at least a can in stock. According to Mike, wag isnabin… it’s also a gourmet delight!
So how do you like your sardines? Plain and uncooked? Stir-fried with egg? With misua? With a little vinegar? Sauteed with tomatoes and onions? Now this sounds like a fun meme! Hmmm… then I’d like to tag Mike and Toni and Anne and if you think you like canned sardines… you are also tagged!
As for me, it all depends on the brand and here we fell in love with a local brand. The sauce is tasty and sweet; maybe because tomatoes here are sweet. If it’s just me, I’ll be happy to have it uncooked with diced raw onion, salt and pepper.
But for A, everything must always be cooked. So here is one of the many ways he likes it – sauteed with onions till dry.
1 can of sardines in tomato sauce, cut each chunk in halves
Salt & pepper
Diced tomatoes (optional)
1 teaspoon of soy sauce (optional)
Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Fry garlic until aromatic. Throw in the diced onion (and tomatoes if you like) and cook for about a minute. Add in the sardines, season with salt and pepper and cook for a minute or two. Serve hot with plain rice.