How to Cook Paksiw na Hiwas: A Filipino-Inspired Dish
Paksiw is a Filipino cooking technique wherein fish is simmered in vinegar, resulting in a tangy broth. Other spices are often added to make it more flavorful. Hiwas, known in English as moonfish or opah, is a popular disk-shaped fish in the Philippines. I added vegetables in my paksiw na hiwas recipe to make it a complete and healthy meal.
- 500 grams hiwas (moon fish or opah), cleaned and cut in half
- 100 grams eggplant, sliced
- 50 grams ladies finger, sliced
- 50 grams snow peas, snapped in half
- 50 grams string beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 50 grams winged beans, snapped in half
- 2 tomatos, sliced
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 2 long green chilis
- 1 inch ginger, sliced
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 3 large bowl
- 2 medium bowl
- chopping board
- cooking spoon
- Arrange the fish in the pan.
- Pour in vinegar, water, and other spices.
- Cover and simmer until fish is almost cooked.
- Add the vegetables on top. Cover the pan.
- Continue to simmer until the fish and vegetables are well cooked.
Tips and Techniques
- This recipe is very versatile. You can add any vegetables that are available.
- Omit the long green chilis, if you don't like them.
- Try adjusting the amount of vinegar. Different amounts of vinegar yield a different resutls.
- If moonfish is not available, you may substitute another kind of fish.
- Avoid using an aluminum pan when cooking with vinegar. Vinegar is acidic, which may cause an aluminum pan to corrode.
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