TINAPA spaghetti (Smoked fish)

I’m back! Sorry, I’ve been absent for the past months because of my church wedding in the Philippines. I will blog about my wedding soon. For now, let me share with you one of the best dish you will enjoy.Tinapa spaghetti. Tinapa is common in the Philippines particularly in my region, Bicol. It is the Filipino term for fish cooked or preserved through the process of smoking. It is a native delicacy in my country and is often made of milk fish or locally known as bangus and or other small kind of fish. There are also big tinapa such as tulingan or turingan in my local dialect. And what’s the best partner of tinapa? Of course tomato! oh tomatoes!!!

As I thought, I have to create and reinvent recipes from my home town. Being married to Italian, I have to incorporate my taste bud to the Italian spaghetti.

Ok, Here’s what you need to make my new recipe.  I am cooking only for my lunch so here we go.

Tinapa spaghetti (smoked fish spaghetti)

You will need:

minced onion
minced garlic
basil (optional)
tinapa (smoked fish) I got this one from the Philippines
tomato (you can use canned tomato sauce, sun dried tomatoes or cherry tomatoes according to your taste)
olive oil
Boiled water for the spaghetti
salt and pepper to taste
saute onion, garlic and tomatoes in olive oil
sauté onion, garlic and tomatoes (you can use canned tomato sauce too!)
add the tinapa flakes
wait until all ingredients are mixed altogether
drain the water of the spaghetti and put on the sauce

Boil water for the spaghetti. (FYI, never add oil in the boiling pasta, just add salt)

The Tinapa Sauce.

Heat the pan and put the desired amount of Olive oil, add onion, garlic and tomato. ( by the way, you can choose whether you use fresh tomatoes or the tomato sauce in can, it’s the same). When the tomato is ready and melts with other ingredients, add the Tinapa and wait until it is mixed with other ingredients and cook. Drain the spaghetti from the boiling water and add to the sauce. And Viola!!! that’s it!!! Enjoy a plate of Tinapa spaghetti!

Your family and friends will love it! I bet. Let me know, how is it when you try! Isn’t it just and reasonable food?

I would like to hear from you, let me know your comments down or email me at analyn@milallos.com

Bon Appétit 🙂

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