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Top: Singanglay na tilapia (tilapia)
Bottom: Sinanglay na talusog (snakehead)
Alternative namessinanglay na isda, picadillo (pikadilyo)
CourseMain course
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateBicol Region
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsfish, coconut milk, pechay/mustard/taro/cabbage leaves, tomatoes, shallots, pandan leaves or lemongrass
Similar dishesginataang isda, pinaputok na isda, laing

Sinanglay is a Filipino dish made from stuffed fish wrapped in leafy vegetables and lemongrass or pandan leaves cooked in a spicy coconut milk sauce. It is a type of ginataan and originates from the Bicol Region.


The fish is stuffed with a mixture of spices and vegetables. The stuffing typically include onions, scallions, garlic, tomatoes, and siling haba chilis. It is then wrapped in large leafy vegetables, usually pechay, mustard greens, taro leaves, or cabbage and tied with strips of pandan leaves or lemongrass. It is added to a stew made from coconut milk or coconut cream spiced with ginger (or turmeric), black pepper, patis (fish sauce) or bagoong alamang (shrimp paste), salt, labuyo chilis, and a souring agent (usually tamarind, calamansi, or bilimbi).[1][2][3][4][5]

The dish is simmered for around ten to twenty minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the coconut milk from curdling. Prawns or shrimp may sometimes be added to enhance the flavor. It is eaten with white rice.[6][7]


The most commonly used fish is tilapia, but it can vary extensively. Other common fish used include talusog (snakehead), hito (walking catfish), karpa (carp), puyo (climbing perch), maya-maya (red snapper),[8][9] hasa-hasa (short mackerel),[10] and pampano (pompano),[11] among others.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sinanglay na Tilapia". Pinoy Kusinero. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "RECIPE: Sinanglay ng Bicol". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  3. ^ "Sinanglay Na Tilapia Recipe". Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  4. ^ "Sinanglay na Tilapia Recipe". Panlasang Pinoy. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "Sinanglay na Tilapia". Kawaling Pinoy. September 7, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  6. ^ "Sinanglay na Isda Recipe". Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "Sinanglay". Ang Sarap. March 29, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  8. ^ "Grandma's Yummy Favorites in the Bicol Kitchen". Ibalon. August 4, 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  9. ^ "Bikol Dishes – To Promote Tourism". Pororopot. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  10. ^ Sarthou, Myke. "Sinanglay na Hasa-Hasa (Stewed Fish) Recipe". Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  11. ^ Besa-Quirino, Betty Ann (July 16, 2017). "How to cook Sinanglay na Pompano – Fish Wrapped in Bok Choy". Asian in America. Retrieved August 28, 2019.