Because of its crazy bone structure (i.e. there be bones everywhere!), much effort is usually necessary before Bangus (AKA Milkfish) can be fully enjoyed--either its hundreds of bones have to be removed during prep, or the bones have to be picked through while at the dinner table.
Sure, you could ask your fishmonger to "debone" your bangus for you, but he will more than likely just remove the backbone and leave the other pin bones for you tussle with. In fact, I've read that a full-grown milkfish can have up to 300 pin bones throughout its flesh. That deserves an "Egads, man!" And although I've braved the bones of Bangus before, it isn't something I like to do very often.
But during a recent visit to my parents house, I discovered what is perhaps the greatest thing since sliced pan de sal: Frozen Boneless Bangus! Yes, I know, I'm probably late to the party on that one--but finding a frozen butterflied and deboned milkfish in my mom's freezer was a new discovery for me at least.
So what did I do with this discovery? I took it home for myself is what I did. Although it's been a while since I've been a bachelor, and even longer since I've been a college student, I'm not above pilfering and ransacking my mother's freezer and cupboards--even at my advanced age.