Monday, March 7, 2016
Tamales - steamed fish in banana wrapper
All over the world the trend of cooking is to go back to simple, natural and inexpensive way.
Dr Abe V Rotor
Home recipe tamales. The rule is to cook naturally. Wash fresh fish, liberally add sliced ginger, onion (shallot of sibuyas Tagalog), a dash of salt. Wrap with wilted banana leaves, each equivalent to one serving.
Fish with ingredients before wrapping. To prevent crust, place banana leaf stalks at the bottom of the pan as shown here.
Fresh dilis cooked in tamales, a simplified recipe from the original Mesoamerican tamale made of meat, corn starch and other ingredients. Other fish like tamban, anchovies, ipon, are also cooked this way.
Another fish, Ayungin, is also steamed but without banana wrapper.
Professor Feleo UP College of Fine Arts