My helpers are subtly complaining of pork and chicken overload so I trooped to Farmers in Cubao this morning. Yup, you heard it right. In their words, “Ate, panay karne na tayo. Sawa na kami bili ka naman ng isda.” “Opo,” I obediently answered. Yes, in our world where helper loyalty is quite rare – we have to delicately tread their likes and dislikes as well.
The request turned out good for everyone including me. I confirmed that fish remains to be the cheapest meat of all. Chicken is at P 130/kilo, pork at P 180, beef at P 230/kilo. Chicken, the cheapest of the 3 is more expensive because 1 kilo is good for one meal only – sometimes not even enough.
Compare to fish prices below that can feed 4 persons:
Tilapia Small – P 70/kilo – 6-7 pieces/kilo (1 meal)
Hasa-hasa Medium – P 120/kilo – 10-12 pieces/kilo (2 meals – 1 piece/person)
Salay Ginto Small – P 120/kilo – 24 pcs/kilo (2 meals – 3 pieces/person)
Bangus Jumbo – P 80/kilo – cut into 5 pieces (1 meal)
Tawilis Small – P 80/kilo – 50 pieces ( 3 meals – 4 pieces/person)
Alakaak Small – P 120/kilo – 14-15 pieces (2 meals – 2 pcs/person)
Galunggong Big – P 130/kilo – 11-12 pieces (3 meals – 1 pc/person)
To avoid the helpers cooking the fish in one meal, I have them pack it according to the number of pieces I want them to have per meal. If you don’t do that, either they cook the whole pack – you don’t get to save anything. Or the fish will get rotten from all the defrosting and refreezing. Ciao!