This is the recipe of the day, which can be made in the Philippines with locally available ingredients.
If you decide to add green tomato chow chow, you must make it 1 day in advance. If you plan to make your Po Boy right now without the chow chow, you will be eating within the hour, if you have the other ingredients on hand.
I have an old Alabama Chow Chow recipe. It calls for green tomatoes, white or yellow onions, cabbage, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, coarse salt, white sugar, mustard seed, celery seed, turmeric, white vinegar and water. If you like it hot, add some hot peppers.
You will need a food processor or a heavy duty blender for chopping the vegetables unless you have the patience to chop by hand. After chopping all the vegetables, you need to add the coarse salt, put in a glass container and let it stand in the ref overnight.
The Chow Chow will accumulate water overnight. Drain well and put in a stock pot. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for about 4 minutes. Allow to cool and you can return the chow chow to a glass container with a tight fitting lid. Place the chow chow back in the ref and allow it to chill.
Fried Fish Po Boy with Green Tomato Chow Chow
Catfish is the most popular fish used when making a Louisiana style Po Boy but I used Cream Dory fish.
Andy’s Cajun Fish Breading is sold at Rustan’s in Cebu City and I brought some home last month. This is what I used to batter the fish for the Po Boy. Simply pan fry the fish until golden brown.
The French Bread was bought at Delicioso Deli in Bacolod and it is important having good bread when making your Po Boy. No one is happy if their sandwich falls apart. For the Po Boy spread, I put mayonnaise, horseradish and pickle relish on the bread.
Spoon the green tomato chow chow on the fish. Add dill pickles to your Po Boy and you are ready to eat. Andy’s Cajun Fish Breading is about all the zesty flavor my stomach can tolerate but if you want to really get fired up, you can add jalapenos and/or Louisiana Hot Sauce to your Po Boy.
If you prefer a Fried Shrimp Po Boy, the same recipe applies. Don’t forget to peel and butterfly the shrimp before breading and frying for best results.
All ingredients to make the Fried Fish Po Boy with Green Tomato Chow Chow are available in the Philippines. Enjoy your Po Boy.
Ca c’est bon! (That’s good!)
I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.
~ Gary ~