If you are not from Mindanao, it will be highly unlikely you would know about this delicious fish dish. Piyalam or Piyalam Istah is a Filipino dish from the Tausug ethnic group prepared with stewed fish cooked with turmeric, ginger and lemongrass.
Another dish that I discovered recently, Piyalam or Piyalam Istah, a popular rural dish in Mindanao specifically in Jolo, Sulu and even Sabah that is usually eaten during breakfast either with rice, grated cassava (siyanglag) or steamed mashed cassava (piyutu). It is quite filling specially with the accompanied starchy food plus it is simple to prepare and easy to cook, basically you just dump everything in the pot and cook for less than 15 minutes, hence it is a perfect breakfast item that will give you energy for the whole day.
Traditionally this dish like I said those types of dishes where you dump everything on the pot then let it cook, but here at Ang Sarap we are preparing this Piyalam Istah in a tastier way but sacrificing the quick cooking time so don’t expect the recipe below a good thing to have during breakfast, instead it will be best suited for dinner. So, what we did, to give it a boost in flavour we first fried the fish giving it crispy edges, we then sauteed the aromatics to release its natural oils before we quickly simmering it with a small amount of liquid to give it moisture.