Lamayong bangus refers to the style on how the fish was prepared. Lamayo is very popular in Palawan. It is usually made of freshly marinated danggit with vinegar, pepper and garlic but you can also use bangus as the main ingredient. Here’s how to make your own homemade lamayong bangus.
200-250 grams Bangus (split)
800 Salometer brine (composed of 267.03 grams of salt per liter of water)
66 ml vinegar
33 ml water
25 grams sugar
1.5 cloves garlic
1.1 grams ground pepper
1. Split down the dorsal side of the fish. Turn knife flat and cut from the tail to the head by running the edge of the knife along the backbone.
2. Lay fish open like a butterfly fillet. Then, remove gills and viscera.
3. Remove the backbone by holding the knife horizontally and cutting with the tip of the blade along the backbone from head to tail.
4. Remove the cut backbone. Wash fish in running water.
5. With the aid of a forcep, pull out the rib bones which have not been cut away. Make a superficial slit along the dent of the dorsal muscles and pull out the intermuscular spines embedded between the muscles from the head to the tail.
Remove spines in the ventral side in the same manner. Remove filamentous Y-shaped spines along the lateral lines, i.e., the junction of the dorsal and ventral muscles.
6. Wash deboned bangus in clean water. Drain.
7. Soak in 800 Salometer brine for 12 hours. Drain off and wash briefly.
8. Soak in pickling solution.
9. Remove from marinade, drain and pack in plastic bags. Decorate with slices of onions and red pepper
10. To serve, fry and add tomatoes.