Level up dinner with this quick and easy bangus a la Pobre recipe! Fried to golden perfection and topped with a tangy and savory sauce, onions, and crispy garlic, it’s a full-flavored dish that’s perfect with steamed rice.
A la Pobre, which literally translates to “poor man’s” in Spanish, is a type of cooking where meat, chicken, or fish are prepared in copious amounts of garlic and oil. In this bangus version, milkfish fillets are dredged in flour, fried until golden and crisp, and topped with a tangy and savory bistek-style sauce, onions, and crispy garlic.
As its name suggests, this bangus a la Pobre is a simple dish made with relatively inexpensive ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand.
- Garlic– the fried bits add flavor and crunch; the infused oil also enhances flavor
- Milkfish– the recipe uses boneless fillets for ease of eating but other cuts would work
- Flour– coats the fish for extra crispiness
- Calamansi juice– if unavailable, substitute lemon or lime juice
- Butter– adds creaminess
- Soy sauce– adds umami flavor
- Oyster sauce– adds a savory and slightly sweet taste
- Brown sugar– balances the flavors with a hint of sweetness
- Onion rings– use as garnish and to add a touch of freshness
- Fry the garlic bits first so you’ll have a flavor-infused oil to use for frying the fish.
- For best results, use enough oil to fry the fillets. Cook them until golden, crispy, and fully cooked.
- If using sizzling plates, carefully heat the metal plates in the oven or on the stovetop for a few minutes before serving.
- Enjoy bangus a la pobre as an appetizer with your favorite drinks or as main dish with steamed rice.
- To serve, arrange the fried fish fillets on a sizzling plate or a platter platter. Top with fresh onion rings, crispy garlic bits, and the sauce.
- Store leftovers in container with lid and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in a microwave until completely warmed through. Garnish with a fresh set of onions and crispy garlic.
- 1 head garlic, peeled and minced
- canola oil
- 2 boneless bangus bellies, cut into halves
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup calamansi or lemon juice
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rings
- In a pan over medium heat, heat about 1/2 cup oil. Add garlic and cook, stirring regularly, until golden brown and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Reserve oil.
- Season fish with salt and pepper to taste. Lightly dredge in flour to fully coat.
- Add to the pan (with garlic oil) in a single layer and cook, turning as needed until nicely golden crisp, and cooked through. Remove from pan and keep warm.
- In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, and water. Stir until blended and set aside.
- In a pan over medium heat, heat about 1 tablespoon butter.
- Add the sauce mixture and bring to a simmer. Continue to cook until slightly reduced.
- Arrange fried bangus on a heated sizzling plate. Drizzle with the sauce and garnish with onion rings and toasted garlic. Serve hot.
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