Friday, December 24, 2010

hito

hito (hí-tò; Tagalog and Cebuano fish) [n.] catfish


This white species of catfish is not from the freshwater, but from the sea. Fish vendors at the Lapu-lapu Public Market in Opon, Lapu-lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu called it hito sa dagat (sea catfish).

The freshwater catfish are black skinned.

Catfish is good if fried or grilled. To have a soupy dish, the fried or grilled ones can be further cooked with tuno (coconut milk) and/or with mishua (Chinese somen) noodles and sauteed garlic, then crack a fresh chicken egg right after removing from the stove the freshly boiled dish. Best if served hot.



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