-1 medium bangus (milk fish)
-1 tsp. salt
-1/2 cup cooking oil
-1 garlic, minced
-1 small onion, thinly sliced
-1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
-3 to 4 tbsp. bagoong
-2 cups water
-2 cups squash cut into 1" cubes
-1 cup green beans diagonally halved
-1 small bitter melon (apalya or ampalaya), seeded and cut 1 1/2" lengths
-2 cups spinach

Scale and clean bangus, slice into 4-6 pieces, sprinkle with salt and fry in hot oil until brown on all sides. Set aside. Pour off all but 2 tbsp. of oil in skillet. Saute garlic, onions and tomato in oil. Add bagoong and water. Let come to a boil. Add fish, squash, green beans and ampalaya in that order. Cover, lower heat to moderate and cook until vegetables are done. Add spinach. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

—Recipe of the day courtesy of Lolo Kitong Recipe Collection