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October 07, 2008


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oh my goodness... i dont work with fish, maybe because i wasnt taught the right way to handle it or perhaps because it meesy or im probably scared of cooking with it for reasons im not aware of... but wow, i think i can give this a try. i watched alton brown with his dont be afraid of fish episode but havent really come around into applying them.
i also try to go organic as much as i can, although im not picky at all... though i do recycle... hehe

Mmm. Yum. I think last year's wrap up also had Oceana and Oceanwise Canada. I'll see what I can find through my fishy friends.
here's the link to the wrap last year:

hope that helps!

I was lying in bed not sleeping last night and thinking about making homemade fish sauce so as to cut down on the carbon footprint of shipping. Good thing I went to a suckling pig butchering class today. Need a break!


Thanks for the info! I don't eat a lot of seafood because nobody else here likes it (I know that's weird) but it's good to know this things about our food in general. Those sardines look really good wrapped in bacon. What time is dinner again? :-p

thanks for another great post! ive got another half kilo of tawilis in the fridge and i cant wait to introduce them to some bacon and labuyo!

its fascinating how the ecology works (well, what little we understand of it) isn't it? great links (bookmark worthy!!)!

hehe.. my apostrophe key got 86d by harriet/helga, our cat with a jekyl/hyde complex.. i guess you could say its swimming with the fish.. ingat

Bacon and sambal! I am a sucker for spicy and smoky combinations. Did you use sambal oelek?

We try and be very "green" about our food choices. It is nice to see that so many others are trying to do the same.

This looks delicious. I'm curious about the mutant fish, though. Will they too suddenly develop green mullets and start wearing red underwear?

i grew up eating sardines drenched in tomato sauce from a can but this recipe has enticed me to try it fresh. anything wrapped in bacon has got to taste good! and you make boning the fish seem so easy ...

hey! this is my favorite fish aside from the one here we call dorado! We call this sardines---galunggong! I marinate it in soy sauce, a little vinegar, chopped garlic, a teenie-weenie pinch of sugar and salt. simmer it in the marinade. Refrigerate it overnight then fry it!
Thanks for that informative angle of this once poor man's fish here in the Philippines, Marvin! Now, it can be just as expensive as the others.

Only a Filipino food blogger would put up a recipe for fish and blatantly make FATTY PORK part of the main attraction. Awesome!!!

Good job on the sustainability tutorial- not enough of us are asking where our food is coming from!

Way to cook a healthy fish dish, Marvin -- by wrapping it in bacon! LOVE IT! ;-D Seriously, that sounds yummy. Bacon goes so well with seafood, and chili, too. Actually, I'm suddenly reminded of a dish Joey blogged about last year. She stuffed Claude Tayag's (very) spicy XO sauce in fish fillet, then wrapped that in bacon. Ya know...I've never cooked fish before, but I am getting inspired to try something similar. But no de-boning for me, thanks! I am highly UNskilled with the knife.

The pocket list of sustainable fish was handed out at all the large aquariums I visited. I don't know if I brought one home though.

I'm a fan of fresh anchovies! I haven't had fresh sardines yet, but I can imagine how tasty they must be grilled and wrapped in bacon.

Uhhh ... yeah, I've actually got sardines and bacon at home and am making as close an approximation of this as possible for dinner tonight.

Thank you thank you thank you for this informative writeup! It seems like news about the negative impact of farmed salmon and the like are just now hitting the mainstream food blog-a-zines, and it's about stinkin' time.

I'm so happy to read this Marvin. I just returned from Mario Batali's B&B restaurant in Vegas where we went gaga over his sardine dish.

Marvin, after reading about how you prepped sardines, I now am totally convinced that you are a CHEF to be reckoned with.
Well, aside from those nationally-known MALE CHEFS, I always thought that the everyday guys are impatient and lazy when it came to cooking. So Marvin, I'm at awe.
Anyway, I love seafood, fish, meat fat, BACON ~ gosh, what a combo! Never thought of bacon and fish together.
Anyway, come visit my website in a few days, I'd be posting a Steamed Manila Clams post. A very simple dish.
BTW, you called me Yarn Hungry Dog. I had to laugh. As much as I like dogs, HOGs are my type.

Based on your childhood cartoon list, our birthdates are probably within 6 months of each other.

I have no idea how this is going to taste... I only know of sardines through ligo cans and tuyo.

Hi ahnjel. Because the sardines are so small, I think they're easier to work with. They were already cleaned and gutted by my fishmonger, all I did was remove the spine--not hard to do at all.

Thanks for hosting this Jacqueline. And wow, you're gonna make your own fish sauce? That's something I'd like to see.

Hi Ben! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Hello greasemonkey. Perhaps your cat would like the sardines as well;)

Yes, Erin, sambal oelek. I love the stuff and put it on everything these days.

Haha Fearless Kitchen. I'd be very fearful of fish with green mullets;)

I grew up with the same canned sardines too, Pat. But since I've discovered the fresh I've been finding different preparations for them. And the boning really isn't that hard at all.

Hello bernadette. I also like dorado. And I hope sardines don't ever become expensive, they are so small and abundant that I think they will always be cheap.

Thanks Dione! Yeah, I guess I couldn't resist the use of fatty pork;)

Hi Katrina. I searched for Joey's dish after you mentioned it and yes, they are very similar. I guess great minds think alike;P And even wrapped in bacon, it's still fairly healthy--everything in moderation right?

Mila, the aquariums are also supposed to release pocket guides for sustainable sushi later this month as well. Those will be interesting to see since I eat so much sushi.

Hello Julie, I hope the recipe turns out good for you. It's cool seeing that you actually already have sardines. They're not a very popular fish, but they're so cheap and tasty!

Oooh, I can only imagine how good a sardine dish would be from Batali, Lori Lynn. Next time I'm in Vegas, I'll definitely have to try out B&B.

Trust my, Yarn Hungry HOG;), I am no chef. I felt comfortable deboning the sardines because they are so small. And I also used the bacon to keep the fish from sticking to the grill, lots of grilled fish recipes are wrapped in bacon or prociutto for that reason. It's also pretty tasty;) And sorry for calling you dog the last time, I stand corrected!

Aside from the cartoons I mentioned, I also love Ligo sardines, Jude! Now you know, and knowing's half the battle;)

Wow. Just Wow. You are my new hero. Sardines. Bacon. AND Calamansi juice?

I work at Sea Rocket Bistro in San Diego and we do grilled sardines. We get em straight from off the bait boat off of Coronado. Sardines are so yummy and cheap too!

Oh good God. I was about to go running just now, but why run when you can eat bacon-wrapped sardines??

Those look excellent Marvin. I just had some fresh sardines at Mario Batali's B&B restaurant in Vegas. I am hooked. Thanks for the tutorial.

Sambal oelek is my crack.

Hello Food Ho. I guess you can't get any fresher than fish right off the boat right?

Hey Krizia, running's overrated. Eat more bacon.

Thanks again, Lori Lynn.

Me too, Erin! I go through jars and jars of the stuff.

If you like sambal ulek, you should really try sambal bajak, which is sauteed with terasi (Indonesian shrimp paste). Now, I know that you can't resist a condiment like that, right?

And about missing Captain Planet as a kid - he's actually gone bhangra... :)


Sambal bajak sounds like my kind of condiment. And that link is hilarious. Thanks for that Ed!

Marvin, I have been a very good girl so can you send me the entire lot? :)

Hooray for sustainable seafood! This recipe though should be on your "exploding heart" series on pork! (I'm going backwards thru your archives...)

Great place for fresh seafood and certainly reminds me of the fish and chips shops in Australia where you get to choose the type of fish you would like for your fish and chips. I think the John Dory would have tasted better grilled and should have settled for the house fish and chips instead which uses a New Zealand white fish.

Very nice Recipe. I think best Fish Recipe. Thanks.

I wish sardines don't ever become costly, they are so little and numerous that I think they will always be inexpensive.

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