This Sinigang na Bangus sa Bayabas (milkfish in guava soup) dish reminds me of the time when I was growing up in Manila. The market was just around the corner from our place so my sisters and I would walk every day to buy fresh ingredients for our lunch or dinner. We would buy anything from meat, seafood and vegetables. The vendors would even cleaned the fish for us 🙂 Aside from fresh guava, my mom would use fresh banana blossom in this soup but here in Vancouver, banana blossom is a rare and expensive item. There’s canned banana blossom but I’d rather use spinach because of its health benefit. This milkfish in guava soup is one of my comfort foods to have especially when I am feeling under the weather. Enjoy!
- 1 medium milkfish cleaned and degutted
- 10 cups water
- 1 tablespoon salt or more as needed
- 8 ripe guavas sliced
- 1 bunch spinach
- 2 serrano peppers optional
Slice fish into 5- 6 pieces. Sprinkle with salt.
Put water in a stock pot. Bring to a boil. Add guava and 1 tablespoon salt. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Add fish and simmer for another 8 minutes.
Adjust seasoning. Add spinach and pepper. Cover and turn off heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with steamed rice and fish sauce with lemon. Enjoy!!