Pobre in Spanish means "poor". But when it comes to food, when I hear "a la pobre", that means the food has garlic in it, haha! I don't know if it this is just a Filipino thing or if there's a food history from Spain about a la pobre dishes. But as I prepared Bangus (milkfish) a la Pobre for dinner last night, I thought, it must have been called "a la pobre" because it is a dish which uses simple ingredients that are affordable.
I saw two recipes for Bangus ala Pobre (from Philippines' Appetite Magazine and Casa Veneracion). I like something from each of them so I got those and here's my take on this fish recipe.
1 lb boneless bangus
7 pcs of calamansi
1/4 cup of soy sauce
1/2 cup of water
1 head of garlic, chopped
1 onion, cut into rings
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp water
salt and pepper
* you may adjust measurements to your liking
1. Season the fish with garlic powder, salt and pepper and fry it. Set it aside.
2. Brown the chopped garlic and set it aside as well. (It will be used as toppings for the dish)
3. In the same pan, sauté the onions until transluscent.
4. Mix the juice of the calamansi, soy sauce and water and let it simmer for 5-10 minute onions.
5. Mix the cornstarch and water to thicken the sauce. Then put the fried fish and let it simmer with the sauce for a few minutes.
6. Serve it hot and top it with the brown garlic bits. Don't forget the rice! LOTS of it! Haha! =)
If you like fish and garlic, this is your dish! =)
Hope you like it the same way we did =)