Deutsch: Getrockneter und marinierte Milchfisch / Español: Leche de pescado secado y marinado / Português: Peixe-leite seco e marinado / Français: Poisson-lait séché et mariné / Italiano: Pesce latte essiccato e marinato

Daing na Bangus in the food context refers to a traditional Filipino dish made from milkfish (Bangus) that has been butterflied, marinated, and then dried or fried until crisp. The marinade typically consists of vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper, which imparts a tangy and savory flavor to the fish. This preparation method not only enhances the taste but also preserves the fish, allowing it to be stored for longer periods.


The process of making Daing na Bangus begins with deboning the milkfish, a task that requires skill due to the fish's many small bones. The fish is then butterflied open to expose more surface area for the marinade. After marinating for several hours or overnight to absorb the flavors, the fish is traditionally dried under the sun for a few days to preserve it. However, it is often pan-fried to a crisp finish instead of being dried, making it a popular breakfast dish in the Philippines, typically served with garlic rice and a fried egg.

Application Areas

Daing na Bangus is widely enjoyed in the Philippines as:

  • Breakfast Dish: Often served with garlic fried rice (sinangag) and a fried egg, known as a classic "silog" meal (a portmanteau of "sinangag" and "itlog," meaning rice and egg).
  • Main Course: Accompanied by a side of pickled vegetables (atchara) or a fresh tomato salad for lunch or dinner.
  • Food Preservation: The traditional method of drying the fish serves as a way to preserve it without refrigeration.

Well-Known Examples

While Daing na Bangus itself is a specific dish, variations may include adjustments to the marinade, such as adding soy sauce or calamansi juice (a type of Philippine lime) for a different flavor profile. The method of cooking can also vary, with some preferring to grill the fish instead of frying.


A basic recipe for Daing na Bangus involves:

  1. Ingredients:

    • 1 whole milkfish (bangus), deboned and butterflied
    • 1/2 cup vinegar
    • 6-10 cloves of garlic, minced
    • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  2. Preparation:

    • Clean the milkfish thoroughly and pat dry.
    • Lay the fish open and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
    • Combine vinegar and garlic in a bowl, then rub the mixture onto the fish. Marinate for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
    • To cook, heat oil in a pan over medium heat and fry the fish skin-side down first until crispy and golden brown. Flip and cook the other side.
    • Serve hot with garlic rice and a fried egg for a traditional breakfast, or with your choice of side dish.

Treatment and Risks

Handling raw milkfish requires care due to its bones. The marination process not only flavors the fish but also helps in preserving it for longer periods when refrigeration is not available. However, when drying fish under the sun, it's important to ensure it is done in sanitary conditions to prevent bacterial growth.

Similar Terms or Synonyms

  • Marinated and Dried Milkfish
  • Fried Marinated Milkfish


Daing na Bangus is a beloved Filipino delicacy made from marinated and fried (or traditionally dried) milkfish. This dish showcases the versatility of the Philippines' national fish, Bangus, offering a savory and tangy flavor that pairs perfectly with rice. Whether enjoyed as a hearty breakfast or a main dish, Daing na Bangus is a testament to the rich culinary heritage of the Philippines.

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