Years ago, whenever my grandmother would come home to the Philippines, she’d tell me about how foreigners would complain whenever a Pinoy would cook tuyo (dried herring). Even my young cousins, born and raised overseas, would complain about the stinky fish she was cooking. First time I heard it, it came as a surprise to me. For me, smelling the distinct smell of frying tuyo was enough to whet my appetite. The thought of tuyo eaten with steaming rice and a large helping of diced tomatoes was, and still is, heaven for me.
So you can just imagine how happy this particular lunch made me, yes? Loads of marinated tuyo fillets, diced tomatoes and some salted egg to go with the tomatoes. And rice of course. This lunch calls for loads of rice. Can’t get more Pinoy than this.
Whether it’s the tuyo you buy from the wet market, to be fried before eating, or the bottled, seasoned kind like the one pictured here, it’s still sheer happiness. Isn’t it amazing how a cheap, paltry fish like this evoke feelings of joy and satisfaction? This may be a cheap thrill, but this ranks up there with my favorite restaurants when it comes to satisfaction delivered.
What about you? What are your cheap thrills?