Lately, one of the things that should not miss a spot on my itinerary whenever I go home to Bicol is to eat my new favorite, yummy dish, sinarapang paksiw. I accomplished this on the third day of my short vacation two weeks ago in our beautiful province, Camarines Sur. Fruedian Salivation Syndrome had entered my system ever since I tasted that paksiw, and my condition actually worsens whenever I’m reminded of how rich this small fish is in calcium.
The sinarapan or tabios (Scientific Name: Mistichthys luzonensis) is the world’s smallest commercially harvested fish found only in the Philippines. They are endemic to the Bicol Region, specifically in Lake Buhi (the most beautiful lake I’ve ever seen), Lake Bato, Bicol River and other bodies of water in Camarines Sur. This particular fish is a type of goby. Another is it looks transparent except for the black eyes and it has an average length of 12.5 millimeters. Males are smaller than females.
I can’t get enough of this fish that I always bring a kilo of it each time I go back to the metropolis. I would prefer to have sinarapan for breakfast rather than drinking one glass of milk for the same.
Today, it’s just saddening that sinarapan is already threatened with extinction due to overfishing.
PS: GE X5
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