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Paksiw na Biya

Paksiw na Biya courtesy of Rita Padrigo


  • 1 kilo large size biya
  • 1/2 head garlic, crushed
  • 1 thumb size ginger cut into thin slices
  • 1 medium size onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3-5 pcs. long green chili
  • cooking oil
  • salt
  • Eggplants, sliced (Optional)


Remove scales, gills and innards by cutting the under belly up to the head of each biya. Wash fish thoroughly drain.
In a pot put in garlic, onion, peppercorns and ginger (also the tomatoes, if desired) at the bottom. Arrange biya side by side, add in the vinegar and about 1/2 cup of water.
Season with salt to taste and drizzle with cooking oil.
Add the long green chili on top and sliced eggplants or talong.
Cover and simmer in medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until fish are cooked and most of the liquid has evaporated.

Serve with hot rice and enjoy!


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