Whenever I cook this, my daughter would come to the kitchen. She loves sour food, and vinegar is at the top of the list. In fact, her favorite way of eating apples is dipping it in either Apple cider vinegar or Sukang Iloko (Ilocano vinegar) … with a sprinkling of salt. I always make sure to hold the bowl otherwise, she would chug the leftover vinegar that we used to soak the thinly sliced apples. I guess she learned it from me. Haha!
Every household has their own take on this one. The amount of vinegar used depends on your tastebuds. The recipe below is exactly how I want my paksiw. Though the prominent taste is sour, the other ingredients impart flavor creating a perfect blend (at least according to my family). Before PinoyBites was born, the way I cooked this dish (and everything else) was the “a little bit of this and a little bit of that” method. Somehow, it always comes out to our liking. Whether I use bone-in or boneless fish, the ingredients remain the same. The only thing with using boneless Bangus is the slight change in the cooking time. While the kids prefer the boneless ones, I always lean towards the ones with bones. This is exactly how I remember having it, back home when I was younger.
Paksiw na Bangus
- 1 whole bangus gutted and scales removed, cut into steaks
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Patis fish sauce
- ½ teaspoon sugar optional
- A knob of ginger thinly sliced (about 2-3 tablespoons)
- 1 onion thinly sliced
- 4 garlic cloves chopped
- 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 asian eggplant sliced diagonally into ¾ inch thickness
- 4 Shishito or 2 Jalapeno peppers
- 1 Tablespoon oil
- Add half of the sliced onions and ginger in a large pot (with lid). Place the bangus pieces on top then add the rest of the ginger and onion, garlic, peppercorns, patis, salt, sugar, water and vinegar. Cover and bring to a boil on medium to medium-high heat.
- Once boiling, remove the lid and add the vegetables (eggplants and peppers). Put the lid back and cook for 5 minutes. * (see notes)
- Then, partially uncover the pot for 2 minutes to reduce the liquid slightly. Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. Drizzle oil then turn the heat off.