Here at home, our go-to meal would be fried fish – mainly milkfish (bangus), tilapia, or catfish (hito) paired with fried eggplant or boiled okra. But sometimes eating the same meal several times a week is kinda boring ^__^ It’s nice to have something new to add to everyday meals, so here’s something to do to spice up our trusty fried fish ^__^
|¼ cup cooking oil||½ tbsp fish sauce, or salt|
|1 kg Tilapia (~5-6 pcs), or any fish||6 cups water|
|2 pcs onion, sliced into strips||½ cup brown sugar|
|1 knob ginger, julienned||½ cup white vinegar|
|4 pcs garlic, crushed||1 medium pouch (200 g) tomato sauce|
|2 pcs medium sized carrots, julienned||1 small pouch (115 g) pineapple chunks/tidbits|
|3 pcs small bell pepper, cut into strips||4 tbsp cornstarch (thickener)|
- Season fish with a little salt then fry until it’s golden brown. Drain, and then set aside.
- Sautee onion, ginger, and garlic. Add half a tablespoon of fish sauce.
- Next, add in carrots and sautee for 2 more minutes.
- Add in bell pepper and sautee for a minute.
- Next add in water and brown sugar. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add in pineapple juice from the tidbits, vinegar, and tomato sauce.
TIP: You can use pineapple juice as substitute to white vinegar! Just cut down on the sugar because pineapple juice is already sweet 🙂
- Dissolve cornstarch in half cup water then add to the sauce. Wait for it to boil and thicken.
- Now that the sauce is done, add in fried fish and pineapple chunks. Simmer for 2 minutes then you’re done! 🙂
- Some people would prefer the fish to be crispy: so instead of simmering fried fish with the sweet and sour sauce, plate your fried fish then pour in the sauce just before eating 😀
- You can also use tomato paste instead of tomato sauce, just remember that you have to use a fewer amount because paste is more concentrated ^^
- If you don’t have fish sauce on hand, you can always use salt.
- Lastly, for added color you can use green bell peppers 🙂