Common pritong isda can taste and look fancy without all the hassle. With just a few simple ingredients and quick-to-follow steps, your pritong bangus can transform into a hearty and flavorsome Bangus sa Tausi (Milkfish in Salted Black Beans.)

Tausi is a Filipino term for fermented black beans, basically dried soybeans that have undergone salt fermentation. These beans are the usual flavoring agent to Cantonese and other Asian stir-fry and vegetable dishes. Here in the Philippines, it is commonly mixed with brown sugar and a mildly flavored white-flesh fish meat like Bangus. Hence producing Bangus sa Tausi — a viand that has a balanced salty taste.

Heat up those pans and start cooking this dish that’s just perfect for family dinners or unplanned salu-salo. Here’s how to prepare it:

Bangus sa Tausi

Ingredients

1 whole Sarangani Bay Milkfish (large)
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp white pepper
2 tbsp ginger juice
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp MSG
1 cup cooking oil (for frying)
1/2 cup cooking oil (for sauce)
1 tbsp grated ginger
2 tbsp black bean paste with garlic
2 tbsp fermented salted black beans
2 tbsp brown sugar

 Procedure

1. Wash fish and drain well.
2. Pour ginger juice over fish.
3. Rub fish with salt, white pepper, garlic powder and MSG.
4. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes.
5. Heat 1 cup of cooking oil. Fry fish until brown and crisp. Set aside.
6. In another pan, heat 1/2 cup cooking oil, saute ginger, black bean paste and black beans. Add sugar. Allow to cook until fish is firm and fragrant. Remove from heat. Cool. Makes 6-8 servings.