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Sosi Dilis: The Bacon of the Philippines

Dried fish has been part of Filipino cuisine and a guaranteed all-time favorite despite of its smell when you start frying it. It comes in different sizes and prices. Thus, the only way to preserve a fish or maybe other seafood of the same kind is to let it dry and add some salt in it.

typical Filipino breakfast found on www.pinterest.com (Mommy Kitchens, F Breakfast)
typical Filipino breakfast found on http://www.pinterest.com (Mommy Kitchens, F Breakfast)

Moreover, it has been an ideal breakfast partner of tomatoes, vinegar, fried or steamed rice and eggs plus coffee with milk on a cold morning.

While English have bacon for breakfast, we have ours which we call, *tuyo, daing, dilis etc.

There was one time that I have tasted anchovies in a different way and had a thought of writing it down. It was not the crispy version but sautéed in tomatoes instead which was made by my colleague’s nanny who came from the province.

Since I don’t get to see him I have experimented and made it using my taste buds ideal taste.

Try it if you must…

Ingredients:

1 pack of dried silver fish (dulong) or anchovies (dilis)

1 medium-sized onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

3 small tomatoes, minced

Basil leaves, chopped

Olive oil

1 teaspoon of vinegar

Ground pepper

1 green long chili, thinly sliced (optional)

Sugar

*other ingredients not in the picture and don't mind the way i sliced/chopped them ;)
*other ingredients not in the picture and don’t mind the way i sliced/chopped them 😉

Easy steps:

  1. Heat pan and put the anchovies or dried silver fish in it. Toast it in low heat.
  2. Once golden brown, add a little olive oil until the fish becomes shiny.
  3. Add garlic, onion and tomatoes. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  4. Add basil, sprinkle with ground pepper and sugar (neutralizer), vinegar and chili if you would prefer it hot.
  5. After 3 minutes, turn off the heat and it’s done!
*look at the eyes glued on you. big cut of chili on top because i wanted it burning hot!
*look at the eyes glued on you. big cut of chili on top because i wanted it burning hot!

Why I called it sosi? Because of the basil which is just honestly, a left-over in the fridge.

*sosi [saw-see] referred to “feeling rich” which is not found in Cambridge dictionary but on the streets.

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