Our best dish for summer…it’s not barbecue
Summer evokes images of the beach, barbecue and grilled seafood. It’s a wonderful image if you’re a kid and you never have to stand in front of the coals to grill the barbecue or the mussels or the fish.
If you’re a responsible adult, you should at least take your turn standing in front of the coals and help with the grill. In this heat, I don’t recommend it which is why barbecue or grilled anything is not my favorite summer dish.
Fish kinilaw has got to be it.
You stand in front of the sink, clean the fish, turn the faucet on and wash the fish. You can even turn the fan on in the kitchen when you do this.
Then, cut up the fish, mince or grate the onion and the ginger, put them all in a dish and drizzle it with vinegar of your choice and calamansi juice. Sprinkle with salt and add some chopped up chilies and it’s done. If you’re not serving it yet, cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge. In this weather, I like putting it in the fridge for a bit so it’s cold when I eat it.
Doing this wouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes. When barbecuing, you need more than 15 minutes to marinade your meat. Then, you need to get your coals going. In this heat, fish kinilaw beats barbecued anything hands down.