They are commonly called dulong. But that’s a misnomer; read more about why in this old post. So I need a better name — and the title of this post is just too long. So maybe Fried Fish Fry would work. :) At any rate, when you see lots of tiny anchovy fry for sale in coastal markets, and they look and smell fresh, BUY THEM! Then fry them up into simple but incredibly satisfying little fish cakes, here.
This is comfort food for me. But surprisingly, I wasn’t fond of it as a child. :) Often had to eat it with a LOT of ketchup. And I hated the times it seemed to be unpalatably bitter. But if the fish is fresh, and you fry it up as soon as you get home for a hearty breakfast or nice lunch, you will have a very economical, easy, delicious and probably nutritious meal.
I like this with a vinegar and calamansi dip but it would go with any number of sawsawan (saucy dips) options. Pass the rice, please. :)