Processing Tilapia into Buro

“Burong isda” or fermented fish is a favorite among the Tagalogs and Ilocanos. To prepare “burong tilapia” follow these procedures:

  1. Scale 1 kilo of tilapia and split the fish along the dorsal side. Remove the internal organs, gills and traces of blood. Wash thoroughly and drain. Cut into single fillets. Mix one cup of salt. Cover and set aside.
  2. Add 4-5 cups of water to 2 cups of rice and cook. Remove rice from the pot and allow to cool.
  3. Grind 2 tablespoons of “angkak” or red rice finely and mix with 2 cups of rice.
  4. Use a wide-mouthed sterilized jar. Spread a thin layer of rice mixture at the bottom and then spread the fillet over it. Spread another layer of rice and continue packing fish and rice alternately.
  5. Cover with a thick layer of rice then sprinkle salt over the rice mixture. Clean the neck of the jar and cover tightly. Allow to ferment for 1 to 3 weeks.

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