Sinaing na Salmon?

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Yeesss! Fresh salmon fish head is cheap and probably every single pinoy family I know in this part of the world use it for sinigang! And so the day came when I sort of think what’s good for sinigang must also be good for sinaing. Galing ko ano? Alternative to tulingan wala na naman akong magawa hehehehe…

Tried it twice already as a side dish. The result? The kiddo said “nanay, it’s so delicious!” Need I say more?

Salmon fish head
Juice of a lemon (or dried kamias or sinigang mix)
A piece of fatty pork hock (or chunks of pork belly)
1 onion, cut in halves (optional)
Salt (Don’t be afraid to put plenty. It should be salty anyway.)

Arrange ingredients in a pot. Pour enough water to cover and bring to boil. Cover with a lid and simmer until there’s about a cup of fish sauce left. (This may take hours.) You may wish to squeeze more lemon juice before serving.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

7 thoughts on “Sinaing na Salmon?

  1. sister!
    musta ka na? you must be very very busy…haven’t heard from you for a long time! is everything ok now? settling and all?
    osha, nagutom ako sa sinaing na salmon na toh…

  2. Hi JMom! Sinigang na salmon is really yum and didn’t know it before till I live in NZ…

    Hello Midge, yup, tons and tons of rice!

    Ces, miss you too! Oo nga e naging sobrang busy… nagsisimula uli kasi e daming kailangang asikasuhin hahaha

  3. Hi Iska —

    Was pleasantly surprised that finally merong recipe about sinaing na isda terno ko yan sa gulay Batangas style he he… Sarap, I will certainly try this. Ganda ng theme mo!

    You know what, I have been craving for palamig, sago at gulaman, can’t find the recipe for it online. Baka naman you have it?


    could you cc my email with your response for the palamig recipe?

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