Aside from adobo, sisig is another famous contender as a Philippine national dish that Filipinos love!
As per wikipedia, sisig is a local dialect term for “to snack on something sour”. It also refers to a “method of preparing fish and meat , especially pork, which is marinated in a sour liquid such as lemon juice or vinegar, then seasoned with salt, pepper, and other spices.”
As good as it taste, however, there’s a drawback. It is usually fatty and oily – unhealthy to say the least.
As a solution, a healthier alternative to pork and poultry is tuna, hence the tuna sisig. Red meat and poultry skin contain cholesterol, which contribute to high blood pressure and other heart disease risks.
You can use a variety of fish but I find tuna the best for sisig, specifically San Marina Tuna Flakes.
Here is NomNom Club’s San Marino Tuna Sisig Recipe:
- 1 easy-to-open can of San Marino Tuna Flakes in oil
- 1 whole onion, chopped
- 1 whole green bell pepper, chopped
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 1 small size ginger, minced
- 1 whole green chilies (optional), diced. (siling pangdinuguan or pangsinigang)
- 1 or 2 pcs siling labuyo, chopped (optional)
- 1-2 tbsp mayonnaise (I like mayonnaise so I’m using 2 tbsp). This is optional. You can still make sisig without mayonnaise.
- 1-2 tbsp Knorr liquid seasoning
- 2-4 pcs calamansi
- Lemon (optional)
- Spices: pepper to taste
- 1 pc bay leaf
- 1 egg (placed on top of sisig)
- oil for sauteeing
- In a pan, add a little oil and saute garlic and ginger.
- Add San Marino Tuna Flakes, add mayonnaise, Knorr liquid seasoning, then season with salt (spices) and pepper
- Heat the hot plate/sisig plate. When hot, place the San Marino tuna mixture. Top with 1 raw egg, chopped green chillies, siling labuyo, chopped onion.
- Squeeze lemon on top or served with calamansi (Philippine lemon).
- Served hot with rice.
Serving Size: 1 full Hot Sisig Plate (Although my wife has to scour the grocery and supermarket just to find and identify where to buy a sisig plate!) 🙂
As an enhancement to make it even healthier, you can use low-sodium salt alternatives to add flavor. You can also use garlic, oregano and cinnamon as spices.
Although uncommon, you can add fruits and veggies for your dish to become more flavorful and increase in nutritional value. Fresh peas and fresh / canned tomatoes will also add color to the food presentation.