24 Mar2006

Fish Pan

by Marketman


Kitchen gadgets are almost always a “luxury”…you can get a pretty good meal on the table with just some matches, a sharp knife and perhaps a spoon or fork (besides the ingredients for the dish, of course!). However, if you get beyond that puritan ethic, a whole new world of things for the kitchen opens up and the acquisitive amongst you know exactly what I mean. I think my heavy duty Kitchen Aid mixer is a necessity for example, so is my Dualit bistro toaster, my mandoline, knives, etc. Sometimes these gadgets serve a really good purpose that nothing else seems to be able to do…and a good FISH PAN is really very useful…particularly in countries where serving whole fish at the table is a frequent sight. A good fish pan is a generously sized oval shape and it can fry up an entire fish.

For many years I was in search of a good fish pan after seeing our cook fry up a whole lapu-lapu in a “kawali” that inevitably resulted in a curled and contorted apan2finished product, sometime unevenly cooked as the fish didn’t sit in the fat evenly. I eventually found two nice fish pans, in copper to boot, at a prince’s ransom, at a store in California and one in Paris, France. They are really snazzy but I think also more intended for large fish fillets and even to be presented directly at the table still in the pan. I haven’t dared fry up a large tilapia in my copper pans…why, I am not sure really… so I was thrilled to find this less expensive Teflon coated fish pan at Price Club several months ago. It is absolutely perfect for frying up bangus though less effective on a really large fish as the lip is a bit low. Nevertheless, it has become a favorite with our cook who uses it very frequently.



  1. mylai dimaculangan says:

    Yuck! That has to be the most disgusting fish I’ve ever seen! Seriously, a fishpan? How elitist can you get? Do you think the majority of Pinoys get to have a fishpan? Puhleez!

    Mar 25, 2006 | 1:02 am


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  3. relly says:

    Mr. MM, i am using the same pan particularly for fish. It is so practical when i am cooking whole large fish.
    Miam, the frying daing, puede pahinge ho!

    Mar 25, 2006 | 2:05 am

  4. Jacob's Mom says:

    Marketman, can you provide some details (brand, etc) on the fish pan? I’ve looked here but it’s SO expensive! Maybe I can get my mom to send me one.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 2:13 am

  5. Chris says:

    Mylai, a teflon fishpan from price club is elitist? Let’s see, how about a pair of antique sterling silver grape scissors? C’mon get over it.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 3:27 am

  6. Rampau says:

    Your (Mylai) tirade is so out of place! I can’t believe you would attack somebody like this. Not every Filipino is poor ok! The fact that you are using a computer can be considered elitist if this is how your mindset works. You suck!

    Mar 25, 2006 | 5:18 am

  7. Marketman says:

    Geez, Mylai has a strong reaction to the fishpan! Several subsequent and very inappropriate (slanderous, bigoted, uncalled for, foul-mouthed, expletive-filled, sexually oriented, etc.) comments from the same commenter were deleted, but seen by a few of the readers. Obviously a fish pan is a luxury just like the 4,000,000 registered vehicles in the Philippines are luxuries. Get a grip, if it offends you, surf somehwere else… no one is forcing you to read my blog entries. relly, will look it up on the pan later today for brand, etc. it was about PHP1300 if I recall correctly.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 6:01 am

  8. belle says:

    Goodness Mylai,look who’s talking!!You even get disgusted seeing a fried fish which is the staple food of the majority of the Filipinos.Are you not the elitist on this one? You don’t know how generous MM in sharing his ideas and recipes to everyone.If you hate being an elitist, e d sana ang pagsusulat mo dapat Pilipino at hindi Ingles.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 6:27 am

  9. mita says:

    Darn, why haven’t we fish-eating Pinoys come up with a pan like this! Just think about all the perfectly flat fishes we could’ve fried over the years if we had…

    Mar 25, 2006 | 8:20 am

  10. Lourdes says:

    Looks great… Thanks for the idea. Daing na Bangus is my family’s breakfast every Friday. Its my son’s favorite especially when it is well done… so crispy….

    Mar 25, 2006 | 9:03 am

  11. Mary A. says:

    MM, what a unique kitchen gadget. I’ll be on the look out for one on my next shopping trip.
    Gosh, anyone who gets hysterical over a fish pan has nothing better to do, or just wants attention, even if it is the wrong one.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 9:07 am

  12. kulasa says:

    Fish pans are great for fillets. Although I agree with the lip being low for large fish, Try using and old baking tray for this (works well for me).

    And yes Mylai, I too have a fish pan.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 9:18 am

  13. Rey says:

    mylai,sira ulo ka siguro ano? ano ang akala mo pagandahan ba ito nang isda? kung buhay ang isda marahil sabihin ikaw ay pangit din. yuck.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 9:22 am

  14. peanutbeanma says:

    BOO MYLAI!!! BOO BOO BOO!!! why is the daing disgusting – medyo pinoy staple kaya ang daing na bangus… as for the fish pan being elitista….sweetie – you obviously havent mangled a daing na bangus while using a regular kawali like most of the fish-frying populace / masa – me being the poster child for that sector of society…. god bless MM for giving the cooking impaired like me IDEAS and tips and tools on how to feed my blessed brats properly – like talking about his “elitistang” fish pan! danggit – i’m hitting myself on the head now and saying “why didnt i think of that – if it wasnt form Marketman’s blog – forever doomed na ako sa skinless and curved and lupaypay daing na bangus! a fish pan!!! GEN-YO!!!” so now i’m planning to run out and head to price smart as soon as i end this rant directed to YOU mylai…. as for the P1300 price range he mentioned, i think that isnt elitista-price at all – yeah its spendier than an AIRPLANE brand kawali but when you compare it to the price of mangled daings and to the cost of the sadness and despair i can see in my poor downtrodden kawawa hungry asawa who works soo hard and just wants to eat his daing un-mangled – its worth it. get over it! just coz other people might not be able to afford it dont mean that its bad or snooty. methinks i’m not the only one sniffing the sour scent of jealousy and inggit from your comments mylai!! e di buy one for yourself! if cant afford ka right now – CARD IT or better yet – CANCEL your internet subscription so not only can you get your own fabuloso fish pan, you can do us all a favor and not be able to log on and spread you vitriol on the net. if maxed out na your cards, mag-alkansya until you can get it. if impatient ka for your alkansya to fill up, find an alternative fish pan – will something like a brownie pan work MM? – and if hindi pa rin, steam mo na lang the daing! arg. boo mylai. boo!! MM – i’m sorry for ranting but i couldnt let her bring anything ugly to your wonderful and yummy and nakakabusog na blog. mabuhay si marketman!!!
    peanutbeanma – unofficial basher of all who bash marketman

    Mar 25, 2006 | 9:37 am

  15. shirley says:

    Mr.MM, May i know where can i buy the fish pan within Metro manila, even that one you said teflon based pan?


    Mar 25, 2006 | 10:48 am

  16. rampau says:

    Peanut, i agree with you! I was angry for the personal attack she spewed earler which MM deleted. Good thing you prolly didnt read them coz you would have gone more ballistic. Anyway, she’s just bitter she can’t afford one.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 10:56 am

  17. Bubut says:

    mylai, you didnt know the comment that you’ve mentioned and for sure you will hear a lot from MM’s avid blog readers. Definitely, you would regret of putting that comments. The regular readers hasn’t read this, but watch out until Monday and this comment section will be filled up. MM, thanks for the tip and more power !!!

    Mar 25, 2006 | 11:08 am

  18. blackpearl says:

    Thank you MM for providing us with this info. The hubby likes his fried fish flat and “unmangled”. Off I go to PriceSmart to get that fish pan …… oh and mylai, stay away!

    Mar 25, 2006 | 11:12 am

  19. Maricel says:

    I have also seen fish pans at the SM Home Department in the Teflon pan section. Better yet it is houseware sale till April 2. I got a Wear Ever 8″ teflon saute pan at 20% off.

    Mylai grow up!!!!! Mas kadiri ka kesa sa malansang isda!

    Mar 25, 2006 | 11:35 am

  20. RobKSA says:

    A fish pan? That’s interesting because I actually hate the regular pan coz it does not fit the whole fish when frying. Thanks MM for the tip!

    Mar 25, 2006 | 12:22 pm

  21. Lei says:


    I hope you learn some decency even though a little bit late in your place. People come here for a purpose, eventhough ‘shallow’ it may seem to you. We, who do visit this blog share something in common, and that is passion, be it from the lowliest ‘daing na bangus’ up those expensive food stuffs that I myself only dream of to taste. Still, we value and sincerely appreciate MM, that’s Marketman for you, in his very generous sharing of everything that is food related, knowing that he does this simply because he loves food and he wants to spread the joy of cooking.

    I try my best to visit this blog every morning, and to read the first entry with your post in it really made my day. =)

    I wish that you learn something from this experience. A piece of advice from my lola, if you can’t say something that is constructive, I’d like to emphasize constructive, cause you can dish out all the criticisms that you want as long as there is a purpose in your doing so, it’s so much better that you just shut up.

    Good day to you. Try to live up to your surname, sanay hindi makulangan ang iyong pagkatao dahil sa pagiging bastos mo.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 12:29 pm

  22. Lei says:

    Oh, I forgot, the fish pan is a very smart idea. Will include this in my wish list. =)

    Mar 25, 2006 | 12:31 pm

  23. iska says:

    When I read the post it didn’t made me feel like buying a fish pan. Not that it isn’t a great idea (of course it is!) or that I can’t afford it but because kuripot ako. But after mylai’ comments, I really wanna get one…

    Mar 25, 2006 | 12:44 pm

  24. Mandy says:

    that mylai is an uneducated person. KSP pa sobra, most likely she posted that comment just to see how many would react to HER comment. and she had to give her whole name, if indeed that is her real name.

    i see fish pans every once in a while in tefal (sm or rustan’s). you’d wonder, no, why most filipinos don’t have this kind of pan (including me!) when it’s one of the most often cooked dish in a filipino’s house. now i know why my boyfriend’s cook makes her daing na bangus cut into many pieces! :)

    Mar 25, 2006 | 1:25 pm

  25. Kieran says:

    I have a 15-3/4″ cast-iron fish (oval) pan made by Le Creuset. It has been seasoned to perfection and fries the best catfish! Along with my panini press and asparagus cooker, it has become an indispensible part of my kitchen. I guess that would make me a super-elitist.

    As a self-proclaimed gadget freak, it is nice to see I am not alone. MM, thanks for sharing your “stuff” with those of us who truly appreciate them.


    Mar 25, 2006 | 1:56 pm

  26. Marketman says:

    Gosh, thanks everyone for those kind and supportive words! never thought a post on a fish pan would be controversial. Rampau is right, if you saw the other two messages we would have another Anthony James Ceniza on our hands… it’s all a bit amusing so I think I will dedicate another post, up soon to address this fish pan brouhaha…

    Mar 25, 2006 | 2:40 pm

  27. Anne says:

    The fish pan is one of those things that you donn’t really think about getting for your everyday use but when somebody points it out, and then you realize “oo nga noh! what a neat idea!” I wonder if they have this in stainless or whatever a kawali is mad of, though? I really don’t want to buy a teflon or something really expensive if it’s for everyday use kasi no matter how many times I remind the maid to be careful in cleaning teflon, I always find scratch marks on it after a couple of weeks.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 3:24 pm

  28. millet says:

    MM,i have this exact same fish pan and it is perfect for poaching thai-style lemon fish (whole lapulapu or maya-maya in a broth of calamansi or dayap juice, water, patis, tanglad, a bit of brown sugar, ginger,chili…yummy and healthy.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 3:32 pm

  29. erleen says:

    anu nman ang nakaka-YUCk sa picture? its a typical daing na bangus! and what is elitist sa Fish pan?? have ypu ever had any gadget for a particular purpose? the you have to return to the store all the stuff that you have at home that are used for a particular duty:

    fruit peeler – try peeling an ube using a knife
    rice cooker – sa kaldero ka magsaing
    mandolin – knife din gamitin mo for that paper thin slice
    mixer – magtyaga ka sa tinidor para mag-whip ng eggwhites
    food processor – volunteer to cook for a party, and use a knife and almires for all the ingdredients

    I have lots to say pero I know people will get my gist.

    yun lang.

    MM rocks!

    Mar 25, 2006 | 3:35 pm

  30. Kid (Market Man's daughter) says:

    Oh… really now??? Are you serious!!! :O Are you doing this to make Market Man work harder?? Cuz if you are, you are doing a really good job…
    Are you making him live up to a higher standard??? Hmmm???

    Mar 25, 2006 | 3:42 pm

  31. millet says:

    forgot to say in my previous post: when my mom saw these fish pans during a trip to the US, she bought one for each of her six children..(does that make her uber-elitista?) that’s what took up space in her balikbayan box..so that all her kids and their spouses and children could have perfectly fried daing na bangus and whole poached fish. by the way, it’s also great for frying bacon, and big batches of scrambled eggs, pork chops, hamburgers, and anything that needs frying two or more pieces at a time.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 3:52 pm

  32. juls says:

    MM: I’m interested on exactly how large is the pan. Kasi if it’s not that large, sayang lang.

    Btw, it would be super if you’d feature tips on how to avoid those nasty oil splatters from frying fish.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 4:00 pm

  33. Kid (Market Man's daughter) says:

    for my other post… that question was for mylai dimaculangan.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 4:01 pm

  34. fried-neurons says:

    Nope. The majority of Pinoys don’t get to have fishpans. Just like the majority of Pinoys don’t get to learn English. Or surf the Internet. *yawn* Faux humility and useless platitudes about the plight of the underprivileged are boring. Very boring. Find a new cliche to parrot.

    Anyway… back on topic. I see those copper fish pans at Williams Sonoma or Sur la Table and I always think they look awesome. The thing is, I am DEATHLY AFRAID to cook fish on the cooktop at home, so I have never bought one. The only fish I ever cook at home is salmon, and it always goes in the oven. That teflon Price Club version looks pretty good, though…

    Mar 25, 2006 | 4:04 pm

  35. juls says:

    Mylai: I’d go to psychiatrist if I were you! It may already be a bad case of Tourette Syndrome.

    Don’t worry MM, people know better…

    Mar 25, 2006 | 4:08 pm

  36. schatzli says:

    wow i have left the country long enough
    I did not owning a fish pan can classify you elite ;-)

    Mar 25, 2006 | 5:37 pm

  37. stef says:

    teflon lovers (and i myself have had an on-again-off-again love affair with this material for the past 20 years), someone sent me this link just the other day: Teflon Coverup from Environmental Chemistry. See this also: Teflon: The Sticky Business from Dr. Weil. take it or leave it:) — i have once again decided to “take it”, for now — until further notice, and have put my old cast iron pan back into daily service — i also use it as my “fish pan”; love its tamang-tamang depth and non-stick qualities (seasoned na from all the years of cooking).

    as for mylai, really, wala kang magawa ano?

    Mar 25, 2006 | 7:49 pm

  38. Marketman says:

    There were some questions about the pan itself. It is a pretty cheap version…doesn’t even have a BRAND on it so I can’t say what it is. It is about 16 inches long and 10 inches wide. Big enough to take a VERY LARGE bangus. As other readers have pointed out, Shoemart or Robinsons sometimes carry this pan…I suspect it will become more available as the months go by because it is useful…

    Mar 25, 2006 | 8:34 pm

  39. maddie says:

    You can definitely find this in any large department store’s kitchen section.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 10:29 pm

  40. HD says:

    To Ms. Mylai Kulangkulangan,

    Oops, sorry, Dimaculangan pala.

    My family is not poor, but we are not rich either, lower middle class siguro, but I am a regular visitor of this site. Most of the entries MM posts here are out of my reach, but I do appreciate his site because it educates me. Through this site I experience other people’s culture, and gives me a taste of class.

    I don’t think MM has a commission on every fish pan that is sold, or any other gadgets or ingredients on this blog for that matter. He is not forcing people to buy a fish pan… I really can’t find no reason for your comment.

    To MM,

    Thank you and more power to this site.

    Mar 25, 2006 | 11:44 pm

  41. Bay_leaf says:

    if market man, whose passion is cooking and sharing good food, can afford all these kitchen gadgets, let him be, he has made a lot of people happy, me included, with his wonderful food blog.

    MM, keep up the good work!now that you’ve mentioned it, i’ll be on the lookout for something similar here, cuz i loooove fish!

    Mar 26, 2006 | 1:36 am

  42. Minic Rivera says:

    Buti bangus ang nakita niya. Paano kaya kung nakita niya ang TUYO na paborito kong almusal?

    Mar 26, 2006 | 3:42 am

  43. Totoy Bato says:

    Mylai… Mylai… Mylai… why oh why have you shown your weakness. As Napoleon Dynamite would say… “GEEZ… IDIOT!”

    Mar 26, 2006 | 3:45 am

  44. Chris says:

    Golly! Sorry, I may have provoked Mylai into writing those personal attacks which Marketman deleted. You know working in a restaurant can be pretty stressfull, and one thing I look forward to when I get home is reading through a few food-related blogs (marketmanila is of course my favorite) to relax and unwind before going to bed.

    So you can imagine how jarring that bitter comment by Mylai was, i just had to respond. Although I must admit I was a bit of a tease with that grape scissors comment. hehehe

    Mar 26, 2006 | 3:59 am

  45. kongwi says:

    for a cuisine such as ours that boasts of whole rellenong bangus or fried whole lapulapu for escabeche, a fish pan is not only logical, it is a necessary…people who brand other people as “elitist” are actually the ones who wish to be on that “enviable” level…and how do we label one who calls a perfectly fried daing na bangus “yuck” and “most disgusting fish I’ve ever seen”..,

    Mar 26, 2006 | 7:41 am

  46. tei says:

    shame on you mylai dimaculangan!! no decency and not a cultured person obviously.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 9:01 am

  47. Mien Rano says:

    Mylai… nang-aano ka eh… kakabanas ka! Mr. Market Manila… meron bang malaking pan na nabibili na kasya ang isang tao? Balak kong prituhin si Mylai Dimaculangan… kainis… kahit bangus maiinis sayo!

    Mar 26, 2006 | 10:09 am

  48. Marketman says:

    I have to say, thanks guys! Didn’t expect so many to rally on my behalf…too kind of you. Really. But someone has emailed me and asked me to go to this link… http://www.geocities.com/lakwatsaboracay/index2.htm could it be that we have a photograph of the infamous commenter Ms. Dimaculangan herself???…if it is not, and I have referred to a different Mylai, my apologies in advance and let me know and I will remove the link ASAP… the internet, you gotta love it sometimes… :) I mean, prestigious local Catholic university…holidays in sunny Boracay…think the terms “elite” or “elitist” might apply??? Even MARKETMAN has never made it to Boracay yet…heehee.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 10:53 am

  49. HD says:

    bigla ata dumami ang nag surf ng link. exceeded the limit na daw. pero nakita ko naman pictures, although maliit lang.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 12:18 pm

  50. molly says:

    i love this pan! ka-ignoy nako. this is such a great tip. how deep is this pan MM? di ba mutalsik ang mantika? my husband loves daing an bangus and pritong hito. you really can’t fry a whole large hito in a kawali well. thanks so much for sharing. my day is not complete unless i open your website…. :-)

    Mar 26, 2006 | 11:23 pm

  51. Marketman says:

    molly, the sides are only about an inch and a half high so the mantika does make talsik a bit. I think the pans were designed for fillets not really large whole fish…hmmm, maybe we should invent one with taller sides??? As for the question of preventing splattering while frying, I think it is really tough…those screens you put on top sometimes work but I find they trap moisture that falls back to the oil and causes more splaterring… so my solution is to try and fry less…

    Mar 27, 2006 | 6:23 am

  52. Ria says:

    MM: Is there any chance that this person’s name had been used by someone else? And gave a bogus email? I didn’t get to read what the two deleted posts were about, but if I were to flame someone, I would hardly place my entire real name with it. Kind of like toilet graffiti with a name and a cell phone number to boot! Haha.

    Either that or this person feels wronged. An unrequited fan? An unanswered email? A trafficless food blogger?

    Esep esep. Oh, I do have a teflon fish pan, but I can’t seem to get the heat evenly over the two ends. But it’s perfect for making bacon and eggs without the two of them running together. Naku, each time I see it now, I will remember it as my elitist sin. Bwahaha.

    Mar 27, 2006 | 8:36 am

  53. rina says:

    hi mm. i’ll stick to the fish pan discussion…for those who are planning to get fish pans, don’t forget that the perfect partner to the fish pan is an extra wide fish turner or fish spatula (wide enough that it looks like you can use it as a snow plow) in the same way that getting the fish pan prevents your whole fish from curling up at the ends, the fish spatula makes sure that it reaches your serving plate in one piece and lessens the struggle in getting it out of the pan.

    Mar 27, 2006 | 10:32 am

  54. Marketman says:

    rina, you are a Godsend…I forgot about that implement or maybe it is for omelets… I know I have one somewhere in the cupboard. I should have added it to the next post covering other fish implements…heehee.

    Mar 27, 2006 | 12:15 pm

  55. HD says:

    Fish implements ba? How about that thing that looks like a “fish cage”, I think it is used to broil fish. Haven’t got one, I just see it in malls.

    Mar 27, 2006 | 2:52 pm

  56. HD says:

    broil or roast? which is which? obvioulsy i am not very good at this. :)

    Mar 27, 2006 | 2:54 pm

  57. TOK says:

    comment ko lang po para sa moderator, paki screen nalang ang mga nagko comment. kung hindi kanais nais (katulad ng isa dyan) paki delete. galing yata yan sa ibang planeta or nagpapanggap lang.

    Mar 27, 2006 | 3:44 pm

  58. sasha says:

    Please ignore that Mylai person, that girl is an idiot and a bit of a hater and her comments were sooo out of place here really. I don’t believe that you’re trying to stuff your perceived luxuries down everybody’s throats as she seems to be implying. Like most of your readers here MM I’m so thankful to you for sharing your knowledge about stuff, like a fishpan of all things. What a brilliant idea and what a perfect gift for my mum I’m thinking (she’s a big fan of whole fried fishies!) So big thanks to you once again. Ignore the jealous green-eyed haters. Cheers!! :-)

    Mar 27, 2006 | 7:35 pm

  59. w says:

    i saw an All-Clad fish pan with the turner at Williams Sonoma – i guess it’s sold as a set. it really is a clever idea since all the heat is concentrated on the fish silhouette unlike a regular pan so it would result to a more efficient use of oil and an evenly cooked-fish.

    Mar 28, 2006 | 12:40 am

  60. Lizzie says:

    Hi MM,

    For the sake of Lenten Season, let’s just forgive Mylai Dimaculangan. Maybe she has too much adrenalin dahil bata pa plus may pagka fighter pa or what not. We, who understands, forgives ika nga. Anyway, with all nice people rallying behind you MM (including me), I sincerely hope that Ms. Dimaculangan learnt a lesson or two.

    God bless!

    Mar 28, 2006 | 1:16 am

  61. uncommonjive says:

    sa maiksing salita, ms dimaculangan. anu ba talagang problema mo?, haha! live, and let live!

    Mar 28, 2006 | 9:34 am

  62. Maria says:

    Hi MM,

    I like your site. I am a teacher here in the US and I sometimes show my students some of your entries. I am learning a lot too.BTW, does this fish pans come with a cover?

    Mar 28, 2006 | 9:43 am

  63. uncommonjive says:

    oh yes, and B R A V O erleen…. absolutely well said! and yes,yes YES!! MARKETMAN ROCKS!!!!

    Mar 28, 2006 | 9:44 am

  64. Marketman says:

    Maria et al, thanks for the kind compliments, I am blushing… heehee. Seriously, I am honored that you show some of site’s entries to your students. You are perhaps the third teacher that has contacted me to tell me that and I am amazed… To my knowledge, fish pans primarily for frying have no covers. But fish poaching pans such as the big copper one I show in the entry do have covers.

    Mar 28, 2006 | 10:10 am

  65. dodi says:

    Just to get your goat, I’m going to buy several fishpans! One for tilapia, one for lapu-lapu, one for bangus, oh no, two pala: one for the relleno and one for the daing! Geez, as one other person said, get over it! For me it is essential because food presentation as well as taste are important! And yes, I’m going to get one or two of those screen covers too so that I won’t get splattered with the oil, or would that be too much for you, eh, Mylai? I’ll throw in one of those “boilded egg cutters” as well para talagang magiging elitista na ako!

    Mar 28, 2006 | 12:45 pm

  66. rina says:

    mm, you may already have it but just in case your readers are interested, one good resource for cooking equipment (new and old) is The New Cook’s Catalogue edited by Burt Wolf. Its a 500 page book with a sole focus on the equipment and not the food. it’s one of my favourite finds over the holidays and its a great way to compare brands, models, material and what not.

    Mar 28, 2006 | 1:14 pm

  67. Marketman says:

    rina, I saw that book in a bookstore once but wasn’t prepared to carry it all the way back home…hmmm, I’ll look at it closer the next time i see it!

    Mar 28, 2006 | 6:23 pm

  68. maeli'i says:

    I think Mylai want an attention. SO you can react to what she said. It doesn’t mean that you have an expensive stuff in your kitchen and sharing it to the world, he/she is an elitist… If I say that I have CUTCO, Salad Master, Seal-O-Matic cookwares, Tfal, Berndes, Bravette, RÖMERTOPF(ceramic)on my kitchen, will I be called elitist too??? Yes, I have these pots and pans, frying pans, crepe pans, “fish”pan, cutlery,etc., etc.,etc, because I love to cook. I want to have the best that will last for life…
    So what’s wrong of having a “fish” pan??? It’s not a big deal to us..So Mylai, don’t tell me, you don’t eat daing na bangus??? Sabi nga ni Jose Rizal, “Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa kanyang pinangalingan ay mas malansa pa sa isang isda”, IKAW ITO!!!!! Get Lost!!!! You’re PATHETIC!!!
    I have the Tfal 8″ and Berndes 14″(Germany). They don’t really come with covers. Actually, this is use for making crepe, pancakes or fried eggs. I use this for making balat ng lumpia…But since your using this as a fish pan, I think its ok then to use it that way. I use a teflon coated wok for frying fish since it has a cover.

    Mar 28, 2006 | 7:02 pm

  69. ajyoung says:

    Just saw the picture of Mylai thru the links that was posted by MM. Kaya naman pala bitter yun babae dahil mukha siyang fish pan! Mylai do yourself a favor and buy a fish pan cover to hide your face!!! Ang baduy pa ng suot!!! Bwahahahah!!! :)

    Mar 29, 2006 | 3:47 am

  70. ajyoung says:

    Seriously,MM is doing his best to come up with something relevant like sharing his recipes and guides as to where to go for great food. Eh ikaw Mylai, ano ginawa mo? Gumawa ka ng blog at nagpost pa ng pictures na wala naman matutuwa! napaka self-serving mong babae ka! Mukhang Besugo!!! Nakakahiya ka sa mga kalahi mong Besugo!!

    Mar 29, 2006 | 3:58 am

  71. L.M. says:

    I bet si “Mylai” ay “pilay” na by now with all the violent reaction she got! Some of the comments were just so hilarious, someone even suggested to whack her on the head with the fish pan! Wow, what a riot! Thanks for making my day! Seriously, your blog has always been very informative. Somehow, through your blog, I learn about what’s new in Manila or even about the latest hang-outs ( I appreciate your feature on Salcedo Market ) and it always brings me back. Thanks & keep on posting!

    Mar 29, 2006 | 5:27 am

  72. Zita says:

    I just saw a fish pan at my fave hospitality supply store. I weighed a ton. I was contemplating on getting it. I need more reassurance that the pan is well worthe every penny.

    Mar 29, 2006 | 10:02 am

  73. Lani says:

    Sa SM and Rustan’s Department store ay nakakita ako ng ganyang pan.

    I bought Tefal, kaya lang medyo disappointed ako sa Teflon kapag nag-scratch na di na magamit ng maayos, medyo pricey pa naman ang Tefal. Pero sarap talagang mag-fry sa teflon pan.

    Maybe Ms. Dimaculangan wants attention, kulang siguro siya sa mga panahon na ito. So, masaya ka na ba Ms. Mylai?

    Keep up the good work MM.

    Mar 29, 2006 | 4:42 pm

  74. kamijima chop sticks says:

    patayin na natin ang apoy mahal na araw na po!

    Mar 30, 2006 | 2:18 pm

  75. ajyoung says:

    I totally agree with kamijima, patayin na at itapon sa apoy! hehehe! :)

    Mar 30, 2006 | 3:30 pm

  76. Marketman says:

    I agree with those that see the issue as being over. And all the railing was in fact justified considering that the perpetrator not once bothered to leave a message, or send an email to let me know that she realizes the two additional comments she put were totally out of line. If there is something more offensive than someone who speaks without thinking, it’s someone who speaks/comments without thinking and doesn’t have the guts to accept responsibility for their actions. As for Ms. Mylai, seems one of your Lasalle University professors actually read this post and I hope so will others who know you in the months ahead. While I do not wish you ill, you have done yourself a huge disfavor… Manila is small, I may perhaps one day still meet you face to face…

    Mar 30, 2006 | 3:53 pm

  77. wabbitga says:

    MM…the fish pans are also great for frying bacon :) no need to squish those rashers like when using a circular pan. This way, you can stretch ’em and leave them alone….to shrink :)

    Mar 31, 2006 | 9:59 am

  78. wabbitga says:

    MM and Chris, about them scissors… some years ago,I found something else on Portobello Road that might have interested you :-)(background: was on business trip, had time to kill, went shopping) — antique Victorian sterling silver…asparagus tongs! A full set of 6, pa! :-)

    PS – Banak is good sub for bangus, it’s less boney, and when broiled like whitefish, it’s heaven…

    Mar 31, 2006 | 10:16 am

  79. sister says:

    Good grief, such a kerfufle over a fish pan. Standard equipment in restaurant kitchens, I glimpsed a a battered one in a small diner in front of the Alexandria fish market in Egypt last week, nothing elitist about that dive. I have six in different sizes, but they were not meant for frying fish. More for pan saute, such as a Sole Meuniere or a baked fish. If you have a long narrow fish poacher with high sides, that makes a better pan for frying whole, unfilleted fish using half a gallon of oil.
    As for asparagus tongs, they are great if your guests know what to do with them. I have been accused of having “single use” implements… you can always fall back on using your fingers.

    Apr 10, 2006 | 11:07 am

  80. A cook trapped in a chef's body says:

    I only chanced upon MM’s website today. A very good read, I think his intentions are very clean. I admire the fact that he tries to elevate the simplest of Filipino dishes, which I feel is what we lack these days. And I am guilty of not having the patience to write and share the way that he does, with my culinary background (someday I will when I can afford it more). If we as nation, want to be proud of our cuisine, we must always be on the lookout of how we can elevate them, no matter what the cost (Php 1,300.00 is not a big investment if you equate this with the happiness or pleasure it gives to the typical Filipino diner)…as this will help our society in so many ways. I used to do a lot of market research for the job that I handled while in the Philippines and I talked with a lot of carenderia owners, restaurateurs, and chefs. No one minds having a solution for everyday problems — case in point: fish cooked as flat as possible.
    Mr. MM I wish I had the chance to rescue you earlier, and I don’t mean to offend the lady who called you elitist either. But I feel it necessary that we Filipinos should help one another glorify our food. I travel extensively and have difficulty convincing foreigners to try our humble yet delicious food…
    And by the way, your Bangus looks great!!! You just made me crave for one.

    Jul 24, 2006 | 11:11 am

  81. buckythetarayslayer says:

    MM, feeling ko kulang lang si Dimaculangan sa Lactobacilli Shirota strain….

    Aug 17, 2007 | 1:27 am

  82. miles says:

    it might also be another person(an enemy of hers?) using her name to get back at her for something…..

    Nov 13, 2007 | 7:14 pm

  83. Marketman says:

    miles, possibly, but the first comment had a functioning email address with the same person’s name. I checked out the address and it was real. I also gave the person a chance to retract the comment and they didn’t. It was only subsequent libelous comments where the same person masked their name, but still used the same valid email address…so some checks and balances were used before I let loose…

    Nov 13, 2007 | 7:24 pm

  84. Huggy Bear Papa says:

    Enuf with the Mylai. Dear, just go open a can of sardines and stuff it!

    I am quite facinated at the elegance of this pan and obviously enough, I fail to see the reason why we have never tried to make a simple design of this since we are a basically fish eating country! Somebody should advise guys like Reynolds aluminum to bring out a pan like this.

    For us the simplest solution works once in a while. I slice the fish with scissors and just fry the fish in a regular pan. Works great in some conditions. This applies even for deep fry conditions. Hope there rest of your week is okay…

    May 12, 2009 | 5:45 pm

  85. Elsa says:

    I love daing na bangus! It taste very good if you know how to cook it. Thanks for the info…

    Sep 21, 2009 | 5:08 pm


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