When my 5-year-old son, Gabby asked me a few days back of what to give to his mom, Tina, as our present for Mother’s Day, I never thought of any tangible things in box wrapped with ribbons but our 

                                                       LOVE and TIME (read : precious and readily available!).

I certainly know my wife appreciates FOOD rather than receiving a bunch of colorful blooms and mushy greeting cards;  so there was no doubt that preparing a home-cooked dish for her by the two important men in her life (ehem, that’s me and Gabby) will definitely win her thumbs-up, hugs and kisses. 🙂

Gabby, who dreams of becoming a chef at his early age was so excited to do the part with me. You can just imagine how eager he was when we went to the grocery the first time without his mom, to buy the stuffs that we need.  Then when we hit the kitchen while his mom was away, he had his widest smile to assist me in cooking one of our family’s favorites with a twist.

The three of us have been keeping our love affair with tilapia. 😀  It’s one of our must-buy food items in our almost weekly supermarket shopping.  So when I found out that Yummy magazine May 2010 issue has a tilapia-recipe that isn’t difficult to follow, I and Gabby knew that Tina will really appreciate it.

                                                       CRISPY TILAPIA TROPICALE 

The ingredients –

For the pineapple sweet-sour sauce :

  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, syrup included
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon banana ketsup
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons julienned carrots
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons juliened red bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 pieces tilapia (about 825 grams), filleted and sliced into strips
  • salt and pepper
  • oil for deep frying
  • leeks, sliced into strips for garnish

Procedure –

1. Make the pineapple sweet-sour sauce :

Combine crushed pineapple, water, sugar, banana ketchup, soy sauce, salt and vinegar. Bring to a boil then simmer for 5 to 6 minutes.  Add carrots and red bell pepper and cook until slightly soft, about 1 minute.  Add dissolved cornstarch and continue to cook until sauce is thick. Set aside.

2. Season tilapia strips with salt and pepper. Deep-fry a few pieces at a time until cripsy and golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

3. Arrange tilapia strips on a serving plate. Pour sauce on top and garnish with sliced leeks.  

And voila….


I’m not usually in front of the stove but with this simple but delicous recipe, I wouldn’t mind cooking for my wife and kid on a daily basis!  I’ll just keep a Yummy Magazine beside me for no-fuss-tasteful dishes.  

Gabby volunteered to combine and stir the ingredients for the pineapple sweet-sour sauce in a bowl and enjoyed coating the fish strips with cornstarch using our small stainless thongs.

I bonded with my kid while cooking this dish and made our weekend dinner extra special for Tina. And did she like it? Absolutely not! –She didn’t like it a bit but LOVE IT ENTIRELY, of course!  Without being biased, it was indeed one hearty meal.

According to Yummy magazine, this super-saver recipe serves 3 to 4 people; prep time : 5 minutes; cooking time 15 to 20 minutes;  Total cost PhP 111.50 / PhP 28 per serving; based on market prices as of press time.

Thank you, Yummy magazine for that easy-to-follow, delicious recipe! 

Affordable. Quick and Easy-to-do. Family-friendly recipes. What more could you ask for? Go grab yourself a copy of Yummy Magazine and unleash the chef and the foodie in you! 😀


Visit their website at www.YUMMY.PH and follow Yummy on twitter at  Yummyph and Yummy on facebook at 😀 Thanks!



      1. nyc today wasn’t as warm as it should have been at this time of the year – back to sweatshirts/cardigans! my sis was in town to celebrate mother’s day with my 3-year old niece.

  1. Happy Mother’s Day to Tina! You and Gabby have certainly given her the most wonderful gift to give–a great dinner! Good looks like a master chef already!

  2. .. thumbs up for chef gabby! surely there will come a time that he’ll be the one cooking for you and tina!

  3. Tilapia is readily available where I live. I think I’ll try this recipe. Btw, convey to Tina my Mother’s Day greeting. I did not include the word “Happy” because with Gabby as her son and you as her husband how can she not be happy 365 days a year, give or take a few days. Maybe more?

    1. naks naman, bert! thanks!
      i didn’t know you cook; now that’s a revelation.
      anyway, try the recipe and let me know if you like it too 😀

  4. Happy Mother’s Day to Tina, I agree with BertN, how can Tina not be happy with you and Gabby? Thanks Doc, happiness always to you and your family.

    1. thanks, sheng! pag nagpunta kami sa gen san (kailan kaya?) huntingin ka namin ha, hehehe.. thanks again for the invite to come over on tuna festival! 🙂

  5. happy mother’s day to your wife. that will really make your wife happy.

    i love buying yummy magazine too. their recipes are easy to make and the ingredients are not hard to find.

  6. That’s what I call a great teamwork! What a relief for this special day to Tina.

    Someday, Gabby might become one of the great chefs!

    I am going to check out that recipe. We can get fresh catfish here.

    1. try it, ebie; you may even substitute the fish other than tilapia; depends on whatever is available in your place there in ca.
      thanks for the greetings, ms. ebie! happy mom’s day to you too!

  7. I looooooove tilapia! It’s my favourite fish in the whole wide world. And it’s great that your son knows his way around the kitchen. That’s really impressive.

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