15 April 2008 10 comments

Escabeche Escabeche I think is the Filipino version of the Chinese Sweet and Sour dish although the latter has a sweeter and thicker sauce (not to mention redder). Escabeche solely refers to a dish made with fish and the accompanying sauce which has a delicate balance of sweet and sour. To get the perfect Escabeche sauce, it has to be just a little sweet with a hint of sourness to perfectly complement the delicate taste of the fish. Anything more than that will ruin the whole dish.

I've tried a lot of recipes and found some to be overly sweet or too sour. The kind of vinegar that is used is very important. If you are using a recipe from a Philippine cookbook, I suggest using cane vinegar like Datu Puti. This kind of vinegar is not as acidic as the regular distilled vinegar.

Using whole fish adds a special touch, the dish looks nice when you serve it. Some Americans are queasy when they see whole fish served on the table, what more if they see a whole lechon? I can just imagine my MIL when she sees a lechon complete with the head. She will probably swear off on eating any kind of pork for life. LOL I'm thankful that dh is not like that. Here in our local grocery, they only sell fillets of fish. So every time we go to the Asian grocery near Boston, I always get a whole fish. This time I got a whole Lane Snapper, just the perfect size for the family.

I used an oval-shaped pan to fry the fish. This was the reason I purchased this pan in the first place (NO, I am not a fan of Rachel Ray LOL). I've used the regular round pan and fishes this size don't fit (unless you have a huge kawali from the Philippines :)).

ESCABECHE (Pickled Fried Fish)

1 medium sized fish, cleaned
2 tsp salt
1/2 lemon
1/3 cup oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, sliced
1/2 green pepper, cut into strips
1 tbsp ginger strips
1 carrot, cut into strips
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp catsup
1 tsp cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tbsp water

*Rub fish all over with lemon. Sprinkle with salt and let stand for half an hour.
*Fry in oil until brown. Set aside.
*Saute garlic, ginger and onions until onions are translucent. Add carrots and saute for 3 mins. Add the green pepper and saute for another 2 mins.
*Add sugar, salt, soy sauce and catsup to the water and mix until dissolved. Pour into the pan with the vegetables. Add vinegar and bring to boil.
*Stir in cornstarch solution and cook until thick and transparent.
*Pour sauce over the fish and serve with white rice.

Source: Filipino Cooking by E.Laquian and I.Sobrevinas


10 comments: to “ Escabeche so far...

  • Amor April 16, 2008

    Ang sarap na naman nito Barb!I love fish pero si hubby ko eh ayaw kaya minsan lang kami kumakain ng isda sa bahay.I love doing escabeche din ,prito at "inun-unan" sa bisaya,yan lang ang ginagawa ko sa mga isda na niluluto ko.

  • laura April 16, 2008

    wow I love it nakalimutan ko na tong escabeche na ito so thanks I remember now,sarap naman hoe one of this days makapagluto rin ako nito..

  • Admin April 16, 2008

    wow sarap naman. never cook one. actually dunno how. I'll give it a try.

  • Lanie G April 16, 2008

    mareng barb, sarap ng isda. my ganyan rin ang vision ko sa pagluto ng escabeche, but kenny don't like it kaya iniba ko ang sauce yong lagyan ng sweet and sour sauce na mama sita dahil yong ang kinakain ni kenny.

    Siyanga pala. alis na kami early in the morning dahil 9am pala ang flight namin kaya 6:20am pa lang nandito na ang boston coach magpick up sa amin. talk you when I get back. have a great spring break vacation. tc

  • Lisa April 17, 2008

    I love escabeche. My late mom was very good in cooking this. I cook it once in a while but not as good as my mom did.

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  • Jojo April 17, 2008

    WoW sarap!!! Mmmmmm ginugutom tuloy ako.

  • Amy April 20, 2008

    mareng barb, looks yummy! miss ko na rin itong escabeche kaya lang ayaw ni jp mag prito dahil pati elevator mag aamoy ng pritong isda. lol*

  • Lou April 26, 2008

    ayyy may favorite!!!

  • Lou April 26, 2008

    my favorite!

  • Prily May 23, 2008

    always my favorite!!!