Savor The Local Flavors With This Grilled Fish Recipe

4 months ago


Celebrating the local flavors of Pagsanjan, Laguna

Inihaw na Pla-Pla sa Gata

1 2/3 cups Coconut milk (kakang gata)

2 Tbsps Patis (fish sauceĀ­)

1/3 cup White sugar

1 tsp Salt

1 1/2 Tbsps Chopped spring onions

1 Siling labuyo, chopped

2 1/2 Tbsps Grated ginger

*Salt and pepper, to taste

2 (300-400g each) Pla-pla, cleaned and scaled

*Chopped leeks, to garnish

*Fried garlic cloves, to garnish

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix gata, fish sauce, sugar, salt, spring onions, and chili then stir.
  2. In a clean cheese cloth, squeeze grated ginger to obtain ginger juice. Mix this with the gata mixture. Set aside.
  3. Prepare a charcoal grill or stove top grill. Line grill with aluminum foil, bigger than the fish. Fold into four sides to make a small rectangular tray. Place a layer of banana leaves on top of the foil. Turn grill on to high heat. When the banana leaf is hot enough, add pla-pla.
  4. Baste the coconut milk mixture on the pla-pla as it cooks, letting the sauce reduce while cooking.
  5. Cook the fish for around 15 minutes on one side, and then slowly invert fish to cook the other side.
  6. To serve, garnish fish with chopped leeks and top with fried garlic.

Tip: You can substitute pla-pla with tilapia.

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