Okay, so fried fish doesnâ€™t exactly meet the criteria for diet food. But compared with what I would have likely been eating for lunch before my diet this is an improvement. A market foray yesterday morning yielded a bottle of burong mangga and good looking mustasa or mustard greensâ€¦the making of two nice complementary dishes or relishes for a nicely fried fresh fish. So off to the market the cook went to pick up a couple of talakitoks (jacks) and this was our lunch yesterdayâ€¦ On the first platter is a fried talakitok with a side relish of burong mangga and some brown rice. On the second platter, a fried talakitok with a bracing side salad of mustasa greens with a bagoong (shrimp paste) and kalamansi (calamondin) dressing.
A more typical lunch for me might have been a whole small talakitok (say 350-400 grams) fried and with a sweet and sour sauce. Paired with a cup or two of boiled white rice and perhaps a vegetable with some pork in it. Definitely add a sweet dessert. Instead, I had this pared down meal without the sugar in the sauce, less than half the rice and the more healthy brown variety and just a little bit of burong mangga and the mustasa salad. Just half a pear for dessert. Yum is all I can say. I love the incredibly sharp notes of the salad and of course, the saltiness/sweetness of the pickled mango. Oh, I also had some wickedly spicy chili vinegar as my sawsawanâ€¦