I love tuyo. Salty sundried fish that’s lightly fried before serving, complemented perfectly by either tomatoes or vinegar, tuyo is an ubiquitous presence in most Filipino kitchens. Tuyo is such a welcome dish that what foreigners perceive as the stinky smell of frying tuyo is an appetizing mouthwatering aroma to us.
Aside from the classic fried tuyo that I enjoy either with fried rice and steamed tomatoes or vinegar, I also love Gourmet Tuyo. I actually included it in my Top 7 Bottles of Joy round-up last year, but I figured it would be nice to reiterate it in a new post because I simply can’t get enough of this delightful treat. Plus, I actually have a photo this time so it’ll be easier to locate it.
Gourmet Tuyo is easily a pioneer in the bottled tuyo field. I remember my mom bringing home a bottle back when I was in high school (more than ten years ago, maybe?), even before bottled tuyo became commonplace. While such products can now be easily bought at most groceries by various manufacturers, I usually hold back because with Gourmet setting the benchmark, I usually end up disappointed.
Not only is the seasoning of the soaking oil perfect (a tantalizing salty-sour mix of garlic and vinegar in corn oil), but the fillets themselves are neatly deboned, scaled, and beautifully formed. Unlike other brands that include the bones and sometimes, even the scales, this particular brand has only pristine fillets that’s perfect as an ingredient for other dishes.
Give it to me straight from the jar with a pile of freshly cooked rice, or as an ingredient for Spicy Tuyo pasta and I am equally happy. Pass me the bottle please!
I usually buy Gourmet Tuyo from Landmark Supermarket, South Supermarket in Alabang and Gourmet CafÃ© in Silang, Cavite. At times they’re also present at food expos and organic markets.