Monday, January 17, 2011

danggit flower


danggit flower – (dáng-git flá-wer; Pangasinense dried fish) [n.] dried danggit (rabbit fish) arranged like a starflower. 

The danggit fish is scaled, its gills and viscera completely removed, then washed clean and butterflied (the side of fillet with no bones is detached and set aside for use in making another version of dried danggit - a sheet of dried danggit fillet). 

The splits of danggit fish are immersed shortly in brine solution and then laid flat on screen wire (mesh) or bamboo stick mat, neatly arranged as if the overlapping petals of flower. 

It is then dried under the heat of direct sunlight. 

When completely dried, the splits of danggit fish would stick together to hold its shape resembling a starflower.
Danggit flowers sold along the roadside (highway) stalls of Damortis in Santo Tomas, Pangasinan

To cook, danggit flower is fried, turned over, and done when it is crisp brown.
It is served with sliced tomatoes and dipping of sukang Iloko (Ilocano sugarcane vinegar) or baak (aged sukang Iloko) with crushed or minced garlic.



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