Food Living in the Philippines

Ever Heard of the Maya-Maya?

A maya-maya fish on the chopping block at the wet market in Antipolo, Philippines.

It’s a big ugly bastard of a fish, with it’s big head being the biggest part.  If I laid my hand across it, from the bottom of the head to the top, my fingers wouldn’t get past the eye.  I was kind of shocked when I saw it laying there, not so much just because of its size, but because of how disproportionate it is.

Despite it’s odd appearance, it made a might fine soup.

By Bradley

Hi! I have a Master's in History (2019) from City College of New York - CUNY and I'm an Army combat veteran. I currently have 3 cats and live in New York City. The best part of living here are the museums and the food!

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8 replies on “Ever Heard of the Maya-Maya?”

Weird you should mention that. I'm reading a book called Winter's Heart, book 9 of the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, and one of the characters eats a tasty 'gilded fish' and stripped it clean of everything except the eyes, though he was told that they're the best part.

Honestly, eating a fish's head is something that never occurred to me until I lived in Singapore and saw curry fish head on the menu. I actually thought that there was nothing edible in a fish's head, though now I've met people that swear cold monkey brains are delicious…. so why not? I might give it a try sometime.

There's an eatery in Quezon City that only serves Fish Head Soup (Sinigang, Sinigang sa Miso, etc.). Since I'm not really into fish, I haven't tried it. But a lot of my relatives love fish head in sinigang sa miso, especially if it's made with pink salmon head.

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