The Ultimate End of Summer Treat: Tuyo and Friends

11:12 AM

I know I should be writing about my Tatay's gingery tinola soup but it's taking some time to come out. So instead, i'll share a dish that works in this confusing weather. A good companion to an extremely hot summer vacation or a way to remind you of sunny escapades on gloomy days with endless downpours.


Literally translated in Filipino as "dry", Tuyo (dried herring) is made by salting, and as you may have guessed, drying fish (Great job there, Sherlock). It is very popular in Filipino households of different statures. Tuyo has a strong fishy smell that can either be offending to a non-native's nose or aromatic to those who have experienced tasting it. You can buy it whole or in air tight jars where it is usually submerged in olive or corn oil. It makes for an absolutely hearty breakfast, which means I like to enjoy it in different times of the day just  to give myself the impression that I'm breaking rules.  

There are a number of ways you can prepare Tuyo. In this post, I will be sharing how best I enjoy it: cheap, easy and accompanied with rice and a type of salsa picada. 

Here's what you need:

Tuyo and everything else
200grams of shelled tuyo or a pack from your local market
some canola /olive oil for frying
                                 
The how:
Saute until scales turn  brown.
If you have store-bought Tuyo in jars, just pop 'em in the microwave for a couple of seconds. Remember to put a lid on it unless your intent is to create a smelly atmosphere for the next user. 
Daing? No, I'm Tuyo!

For the sauce:
4 medium sized tomatoes (the other tomato was late for the pictorial)
a small bundle of cilantro
4 cloves of garlic
1 medium sized red onion
4 pieces calamansi/Philippine lemon or 1 lemon
2-3 pieces of ripe siling labuyo

The how:
chop, try not to cut a finger, don't rub your eyes after handling chili and toss. Yes, that's it. The photo just makes it look complicated.

The end result is often always colorful and pretty.

If you're watching your fiber intake or are feeling strangely mysterious, pair it with black rice. They say in some Filipino lore that mystical creatures will try to feed you black rice to keep you in their world, similar to Hades and Proserpine's story, but less berry-esque and more fibrous. I cannot guarantee it will help you with your mysteriousness but it will definitely help your bowel movement.

Cooking black rice? Add more water than the usual when you cook white rice--these grains drain water like crazy!


Et voila! If after washing your hands still smell edible, try rubbing some Calamansi, it works wonders in getting rid of the smell. The weather can get really confusing at times but Tuyo, whatever the forecast, is always good. 

Love and smelly fingers,
Chef Kuno

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