Dalagang Bukid Fish In English

With the plethora of fish in the Philippine seas, it would be difficult to know them all by name. Many are probably more familiar with their physical traits than their local, scientific, and common names.

We’ve compiled Tagalog and English terms of some fish and seafood that one might need to know if they’re buying them in a local market, grocery store, or even abroad.

Anchovy (Engraulidae) is the English word for dilis. This small fish can be eaten as an appetizer, either dried or fried, and can also be paired with rice.

Galunggong is the local name of round scad (Decapterus punctatus). Others also call it mackerel scad or blackfin scad. This fish can be served in a number of ways, but it is typically deep-fried or cooked with vinegar.

Another kind of fish is slipmouth or sapsap (Leiognathidae). It is a common ingredient in Filipino fish stews and soups such as paksiw and pangat.

Of course, we wouldn’t leave out the unofficial Philippine national fish: bangus or milkfish (Chanos chanos). This fish is widely farmed nationwide. There are many scrumptious recipes that one can do with bangus also. Oftentimes, it is stuffed with tomato and onions and then grilled.

Next are two kinds of seafood: sugpo or tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon), and alimango or mud crab (Scylla serrata). These can be enjoyed when cooked in coconut milk.

Then there’s frigate tuna (Auxis thazard), a saltwater fish that is called tulingan in the Philippines. Sinaing na tulingan, or braised fish, is a popular tulingan dish from Batangas.

In Tagalog, threadfin bream (Nemipteridae) is bisugo, yellowtail fusilier (Caesio cuning) is dalagang bukid, grouper (Epinephelinae) is lapu-lapu, and catfish (Siluriformes) is hito.

One thing they have in common is they are an ingredient in a Filipino dish called pangat or pinangat na isda in which the fish is stewed in a sour sauce with tomatoes.

Finally, maya-maya is the Tagalog word for red snapper (Lutjanidae). This is another saltwater fish available in local markets.

Most of the items mentioned are staples in Filipino households. We hope this list helps you learn and remember the Tagalog and English names of these common fish and seafood in the country!

Salmonete (Striped Red Mullet; Mullus surmuletus)

This type of fish has distinct bright red colored scales and yellow stripe on its body usually caught near the shore. Their white meat is delicate to cook and is often prepared in a paksiw dish.

The salmonete fish is available in public markets usually priced at around Php 200 per kilo.

What kind of fish is Dalagang Bukid?

Dalagang Bukid (Yellowtail fusilier; Caesio cuning) This fish got its name because of its unique red color. The color red is often used in describing Filipina farm girls wearing a red wrap-around skirt in the province.

What is the biggest freshwater fish in the Philippines?

What is the biggest freshwater fish in the Philippines? One such species is the humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus). Also known as the Napoleon wrasse, it is one of the largest fish species that can be found on coral reefs. Now listed as endangered by the IUCN, they can grow up to 6 feet long.


Why is it called Dalagang Bukid fish?

Dalagang bukid can translate as “country maiden,” a folksy phrase that often appears in old kundiman love songs. The fish shares its name with the first Filipino feature film (released 1919 and now lost), in which the titular dalaga is a downtrodden flower vendor.

Is Dalagang Bukid fish healthy?

It is loaded with important nutrients, such as protein and vitamin D. Fish is also the world’s best source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are incredibly important for your body and brain. Fish is one of the best dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.

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