My Pesang Isda Recipe

For almost a month now, I am on leave from work (the reason I would tackle in another blog post). Ideally, the leave is intended for me to rest but as I am already a mother, I can’t afford to just lie in bed all day. I took advantage of this vacation to bond with my daughter and do some of the things I always wanted to do but can’t find the time for it. One of them is to do a lot of cooking. I have tried dishes that I have never cooked before like ginataang alimasag with sitaw and kalabasa, pininyahang manok, adobong galunggong, sinigang na buto-buto, etc. I know they are simple dishes but for someone who doesn’t really cook, I consider cooking those dishes an achievement (lol).

One of the dishes I tried to cook is pesang isda. The pesang isda I know is only a clear soup wih pechay, potatoes and tilapya with onions and pepper. But when I looked it up in the recipe book, there was a tomato sauce needed. The problem is, I don’ have a tomato sauce then. What I saw in my kitchen was a bottle of ketchup and so that’s what I used. My aunt said it tastes great (or maybe she is just hungry) Here is my pesang isda recipe:

  • ½ kilo tilapia
  • 2 tbsps cooking oil
  • Garlic and onion
  • 1 small tomato
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch of pechay
  • 1 potato
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  1. I fried the fish then set it aside.
  2. I put cooking oil in a new pan then sautéed garlic and onion.
  3. I added the tomato.
  4. I then added the water and the ketchup. I let it simmer for five minutes.
  5. I added salt and pepper and the sugar.
  6. After 5 minutes, I put the potatoes and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  7. When the potato is cooked. I added the pechay and the fish then let it cook again for 3 minutes.
Here is a picture. Sorry this is is actually what is left of the dish after we have eaten. I always forget to take a picture of a dish before we eat.


Henry said...

Never heard of Pesang Isda before but base on the picture, it looks tasty. Nice dish! :-D

Anonymous said...

Pesang isda is never cooked with tomato. It is like the nilagang baka, but done with fish.

You have invented a different kind of dish. Good job on your cooking spree! :D

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