Dried Kamias (Pinatuyong Kamias)
A Popular Filipino Dish Compliment
Mindoro provinces and Batangas are abundant in Kamias (Starfruit), drying up these medium-size tangy fruits makes a food compliments to their famous Tagalog dish known as Sinaing na Isda or Pinangat to other locality. Sinaing na isda uses fish variation - Sinaing na Tulingan (small mackerel tuna), Sinaing na Tambakol (yellow fin tuna) or Sinaing na Galunggong (short fin mackerel scad).
How to dry kamias fruits?
From the observation I made and stories from my in-laws old folks from Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, they share some pointers how to correctly dried up the kamias.
- Slice the kamias into four parts, cut based from the edges of the fruits.
- Lay it piece by piece on a "bilao" (native tray).
- Let it expose to direct sunlight from three to four straight days.
- Keep the dried kamias in a clean storage jar.
- When cooking Sinaing na Isda, get a handful or a guess estimates how much you'll be needing.
|Nanay Taba (Martina) from Calapan, Oriental Mindoro|
Next post, Foodamn Philippines will be sharing a family tradition recipe of Sinaing na Isda. :)
They say, don't let it get wet by drizzles (light rains) the whole batch when gets wet will spoil and essentially not ideal for cooking.
The old folks, sometimes displayed the bilao full of fresh kamias on top of the house roofs for maximum heat absorption.
One thing is for sure, Manila locals has embraced the dish because of its flexibility (it stays longer even in days), a sumptuous combination of dried kamias' zest and the salted has totally compliments each other. The dried kamias acts as a chaser to the salted/fish.
The sinaing na isda became a common thing back in our Manila residence, even our toddler enjoys munching the kamias from the sinaing na isda particularly when pan-fried after it was stewed for a couple hours. The dish tasted even better when frying it until it gets toasted and cruchy while retaining a bit of moist from the stew (sinaing).
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