The Hotdog and Fish Leftover Chao Fan

A fried fish, fried hot dog, fried rice and some old rice. I think this would fit me and my son for lunch. Wait, I bet it is me only. My son prefer eating with his tita and lola than with me. Near lunch time is still play time. He is going to eating with them while playing.

Yet another randomly prepared recipe without any specific measurement and cooking time frame.

I removed the fish head and bones, then shredded it to pieces. I made sure there was no bones left. Cut the half hotdog thinly. Chopped one medium onion. Dropped all prepared ingredients to old rice and fried rice. Added a little soy sauce. Then stirred it continuously over low heat for few minutes.

The chao fan for me and only for me was ready. I never added any cooking oil. The previously fried rice oil was enough to prevent the mix from sticking to pan.

recooking fried rice with other ingredients

As I expected, my son already ate sontanghon soup with his tita.


Never Skimp on Fish During Pregnancy!

Diet of pregnant women is erratic, due to the phenomenon called “lihi or naglilihi“.  This often happen during the early stage of pregnancy but might differ for every woman. Some experience it during late stage. During lihi, the girl often loss appetite and inclined on eating specific food types. Not getting enough nutrients is likely, like skipping fish diets. This could have unwanted outcome.

FYI: Most doctors never believed in naglilihi. Please correct me if I am wrong!

Andrew Sinclair, Food Science Professor, Melbourne’s RMIT University. According to results of their study, pregnant rats deprived of omega-3 rich diet had offspring with elevated blood pressure. Rats continued to suffer hypertension after switching to high omega -3 diet. The effect seemed to be irreversible. The same consequence is expected to happen to humans. In addition, human babies who got less omega-3 in mother’s womb tend to develop vision and nerve problems.

Fish is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acid. It should be included in diet regularly.

Never Buy Dynamite Killed Fish

The botcha trade still continues despite of government efforts to stop it. Recently, over 200 kilograms of double dead pig meat were seized in Paco area. Consuming public should be very careful, some err meat are delivered directly to karenderia.

Authorities are keeping an eye to botcha hot spots such as Balintawak, Paco Market, Divisoria Market, Quiapo Market and Kalentong Market.

The very common reaction to news like this is avoidance of the commodity. Never buy pork and choose other product instead, like fish.

Not so long after the botcha incidence, Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) seized about 1 1/2 tons of dynamite killed fish in Manila Bay. The said fish cargo came from Palawan.

When a dynamite or molotov is thrown, it creates a shock wave that is able to kill almost all the living organisms within its range. Big and small creatures including the corals that serve as fish breading grounds.

Fish caught by dynamite fishing have damaged internal organs. I cannot find any documented impact to human but patronizing dynamite killed fish is highly discouraged.

Pinaasiman na Uguraming Dagat

She noticed the slices of dried santol peels. She knEw that I need to put it to a test so she volunteered to do the honor. Her test recipe was “Pinaasiman na Uguraming Dagat”. Uguraming dagat is a fish – a fish with unfamiliar taste to me. She said the fish taste is good. Here is her recipe anyway.

6 uguraming dagat
1 whole dried santol peels, bangkok variety
1 cup water
2 onions, sliced
2 teaspoons salt

Arrange the fish in a cooking vessel. Add water and the rest of ingredients. Cover and bring to slow boil for 15 minutes.

The soup taste is perfect. I can conclude that santol peels can be dry and use for cooking. Sweet santol is also fit for this purpose. In fact I used sweet bangkok. The sour variety will probably give more sour flavor.

How about the fish? The fish taste is good but tilapia is far better.

I gonna dry all santol peels that cross our dining table.

cooked uguraming dagat

uguraming dagat on plate with rice

Beware of Bangus Botcha: Massive Fish Kill In Batangas and Pangasinan

Beware of double dead fish. Massive fish kill is occuring in Batangas and Pangasinan. Seven towns in Batangas are placed under state of calamity (Talisay, Laurel, Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Cuenca, Sta Teresita and Alitagtag). Batangas alone has estimated 140 million pesos losses.

Authorities warns the fisherfolks not to sell and eat double dead fish. However, some merchant wanted to recover their capital and tried to sell their err products. Some were confiscated by officials though many of them managed to reached the end consumers.

Double dead fish is easy to identify. It has bad smell, pale gills, red sunken eyes, bloated belly and soft body. But they are very hard to identify when already processed.

Merchants might processed their product to: fish kill

fish balls
bola bola
broiled or inihaw
lumpiang isda

The above products products are usually made from low cost fish such as galungong. But considering the price drop of bangus from 110 per kilogram to ten pesos per tumpok (maybe a couple of kilograms), illegal processing is very tempting and profitable.

Double dead fish are dangerous. Floating and  barely breathing fish are already dangerous. They are already deteriorated and have unfriendly microorganisms.

According to BFAR, the whole batch of commodity should be thrown away once a slight itchiness on tongue is felt – an indication of high histamine levels.

The fish kill is due to low oxygen levels resulting from climate changes. This finding is still vague though. BFAR is still studying the other possible causes and try to find ways to prevent it from happening again.

Update as of June 4, 2011

– other sea creatures like muang, siliw, katang, apta, pauto, biya and igat are affected by fish kill.

– several cases of food poisoning due to double dead fish were recorded

– the illegal trade of fish botcha continues

– buying public are encourage to take caution

– some lawmakers suggested a heavier punishment for illegal fish trade

– permits to fish pen operators will be limited

– even the  animal parks are refusing to use double dead fish as animal feed. Those fish could  have unknown health effects to their herd.

– many local fishermen are suffering from illness due to bad smell of decomposing fish.

Update as of June 5, 2011

– According to BFAR, we should not be afraid of eating fish balls. This product have no real fish and mostly made of artificial ingredients. Maybe we should be afraid of the preservatives.

Update as of June 7, 2011

– Another one ton dead fish are found in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas

– The water around Taal Lake is beginning to turn red due to large number of dead fish. Shrimps and turtles are also affected.

Update as of June 8, 2011

– Some of the nearby schools suspended their classes. Many students are suffering from diarrhea and vomiting due to bad smelling dead fish.

The Persistent PCBs, or Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Fish

Fish are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. That is the marketing edge of popular tuna brands. Anyone can be healthy with proper diet and eating canned tuna. The lowly sardines are also good choices as source of the healthy omega-3.

However, the health benefits can be neutralized by methyl mercury. Hazardous concentrations are existing in fish. Bigger species having higher levels than smaller. How can we be healthy if we are taking methyl mercury every time we eat fish? Scary?pcb

To add more scare, the deadly red tide can be gathered from eating fish. Shellfish such as mussels and oysters harbor the most toxins but the moving fish are also affected.

Another compound of concern is the PCB or polychlorinated biphenyls. Highly toxic when consumed in large amount. A long term low quantity consumption also pose some great health hazards. The substance affect fetuses, babies and children – they might suffer developmental and neurological problems. Adult population is not exempted from its bad effects.

PCB’s are highly stable polymer. It might take thousand and thousand of years to break it down naturally or through weathering. It stays in riverbanks and other water bodies. It still exist in environment even though its manufacture was banned since 1977.

Through the process of biological accumulation, this toxic substance is stored in fatty tissues. Bigger fishes tend to accumulate significant amounts cause they have longer life and might eat thousands of smaller species.

PCB are used industrial application such as: carbonless paper, hydraulic fluids and electric transformers.

To lessen the intake of PCB’s:
1) Bought fish caught from clean sources. From clean rivers, lakes and fishpond.
2) Drain away fish fat after frying.
3) Avoid skin, belly and internal organs. Toxic compounds tend to accumulate on those parts.
4) Choose smaller fish. They have shorter life span. Their chances of accumulating PCB’s and other toxic chemicals are lesser.