after all the rich and creamy food of the christmas season, it’s time to clean our palates with the homey dishes that bring us comfort whether in ordinary days or special occasions. topping our list of these kinds of dishes is the sinigang na ulo ng isda.
my mom gets these fairly big fish heads (talakitok, i think, or maybe tanigue) from the fish dealers from bataan that supply the guagua market. just dump them in a clay pot, put water, sampaloc (or sinigang mix if there’s no fresh sampaloc available), labanos, okra, mustasa and sigarilyas, and bring to a boil. you can almost feel the hot, sour soup washing away the sins of yesterday (i.e., holday season) from your clogged arteries 🙂 of course it helps that this is taken with a hot plate of rice and a patis-sili sawsawan combo on the side 😛 the best parts of the fish are of course the eyes and the cheeks 🙂