Introducing the Calamansi
A friend of mine just came back from San Diego, where the weather almost mimics the Philippines (minus the humidity), and because the weather is warm, San Diego can be an ideal place to grow the calamansi. It turns out that the calamansi just fell off from his grandma’s backyard, so he brought back with him a box-full, and gave it to all his Filipino friends back in Central California.
My son then asked me. “What are these, Nanay? Tiny oranges?”, so I told him that these were calamansi, the Philippine version of a lemon. I then had to explain that they don’t look like lemons at all, but I told him not to be fooled by this tiny citrus fruit, because small as it may be, the calamansi is packed with a powerful sour punch.
I thought that a gastronomic approach was the best way to get him acquainted with the calamansi, and to be able to broaden his Pinoy vocabulary by lunch time, I prepared these two recipes.
Kinalamansian na Salmon
This recipe is similar to paksiw na isda , however, instead of vinegar, I used the calamansi to sour up the broth.
You will need:
1 lb Salmon fillet cut into chunks
a thumb of ginger, sliced
1 piece Chinese Eggplant, sliced
Sitaw (string bean), cut into 2 inch strips
1 tomato, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
salt and pepper to taste
½ cup freshly squeezed calamansi juice*
1 cup water
What to do:
Put the salmon fillets at the bottom of a pot. Then toss in the onions, tomato, and ginger. Add the calamansi juice and water. Bring to a boil.
Season with salt and pepper according to taste. Do not stir because you will not want the fish to break up.
Add the eggplant and sitaw. Turn the heat to low let it simmer until the vegetables are cooked.
Add more salt or pepper according to your taste, then serve hot with steamed rice!
Written by: Donna. She is a mother of 2 kids. She is a special-ed teacher during the daytime, and a juggler in the evenings and most weekends. If most people find watching TV or shopping relaxing, she on the other hand, finds messing about in the kitchen to be fun.