Recipes for Lent: Calamansi And Tuyo Pasta

Evening ladies! This is the mom in me blogging right now. :)
I'm a big fan of Chef Bruce and his restaurants. Whenever Dennis and I are in Galleria, we make it a point to have a meal at Hyphy's or Lutong Hinirang. We've never been disappointed. Not once. I had lunch in Lutong Hinirang again recently with Ana and I ordered their Calamansi and Tuyo Pasta. It was so good that I havent stopped thinking about it since then.

Being Lent, and as well as to satisfy my cravings, I decided to give it a try at home, which I took 2 haphazard twitpics of :
I got some responses saying, looks good, yummy and the like plus there were a couple asking for the recipe so I decided to make a quick post on it. I'm sure a lot of us are currently challenged as to which "Lent Appropriate" meals to serve to our family so I thought it wouldn't hurt to post this. 
It's very easy to make and you probably have all these ingredients lying around your kitchen at all times.

What You Need:
(good for  2-3 big eaters)
  •  about a 3rd of a 500 gm pack of Pasta - Linguine, Spaghetti or whatever you have
  • 1 head of garlic crushed and chopped or 2 heads of native garlic (that's what I used)
  • 4-6 pieces of tuyo ( I used 6 cause I love tuyo)
  • olive oil a substantial amount
  • grated queso de bola
  • salt
  • 3-4 calamansi
*For International Readers - Tuyo is a Filipino delicacy that is similar to Anchovies, only slightly bigger, while Calamansi is our local lemon.

  • Take off the head and skin/scales of the tuyo.
  • Fry on low heat with olive oil (low heat so the tuyo has the chance of flavoring the oil without burning)
  • Remove tuyo from pan, take out spine (you don't have to, I just don't like it) and roughly chop it
  • Saute garlic in same pan, add cooked noodles, mix, add juice of calamansi,salt, mix, put cooked tuyo back in pan, turn off heat, mix some more.
  • Serve with grated queso de bola cheese.
Enjoy! Hope you like!

*I am not affiliated with Chef Bruce Lim or any of his restaurants. This is just my take on his dish, no guarantee that it is exactly alike.


Unknown said…
Thanks for sharing. My favorite pasta dish now is Seattle's Best's arrabiata (and it had anchovies).

Naisip ko gayahin with tuyo kasi sobrang mahal ng "anchovies" sold in supermarkets. Then you posted this... so timely.
sugar sugar said…
thanks for sharing the recipe dear! will try this and report back haha! :D
hmn.... nice idea... iv been having this lemon craze since i discovered there's lemon in zamboanga! hehehe been cooking pasta in different sauces/toppings always with lemon.... i guess i have to try with this idea naman... mukhang masarap, i love tuyo too!!! :-)
calamansi and tuyo pasta? I haven't tried it yet but it looks good ha! I'm gonna try the recipe soon! salamat! :-)

Anonymous said…
I've seen some tuyo pastas on youtube but haven't got the nerve to try them. Your version looks tempting, easier to do and way cheaper. I will try that!
Anonymous said…
A must try, the title itself sounds yummy na! I'll blog about it once I've tried this. All thanks to you in advance! :)

Mom-Friday said…
This is a yummy pasta dish, will have to try Hyphys! I also posted my spicy tuyo spaghetti last year on my blog -- but I used bottled tuyo :)))
Jenine said…
this definitely goes in my book!:) This will help my 40 day abstinence :)
Unknown said…
Instead of tuyo, I'm trying this with daing na pusit this weekend... Hope it works.
MJC said…
had this for breakfast last monday. delicious! :)