Sinigang na Maya-maya fish head sa Miso

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Sinigang sa Miso is a traditional sour soup recipe in the Philippines. Salmon, Bangus or Milk fish and Snapper fish head or Maya maya are the best fish choices for this recipe. To make the soup full of flavor, I prefer the Maya maya fish head when cooking sinigang sa miso.


To obtain the delicious and tasty flavor of this viand, I would recommend the fresh fish bought from the market rather than buying the frozen ones. I bought the Maya maya fish head at Php248 per kilo in the wet market nearby.



Maya maya fish head, chopped into desired serving size

3 tbsp Cooking oil (or add more if necessary)

Garlic, minced

Ginger, peeled and sliced

2  big tomatoes, chopped

6 pcs green finger pepper (the long peppers used for sinigang)

½ cup Miso or soybean paste

2 -3 large bunches of Mustasa (mustard greens) cut into halves

4 -5 cups rice-water, I use the second water rinsed on uncooked rice

Tamarind sinigang mix

Salt to taste 


Cooking Procedure

Heat oil in a large wok or pot over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic until lightly browned then add onions, tomatoes and ginger.

Add miso and the fish head, continue sautéing for 2 minutes or more until the fish is slightly cooked

Add the rice water and stir to blend with the ingredients.

Bring to boil. Add and stir the tamarind sinigang mix, add the mustasa and green pepper. Add salt to taste then simmer it for another 10 minutes.


Serve with rice.  Enjoy!

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  1. Hazel Joy Cruz says:

    look yummy i want to try that later 🙂
    Pinoy foods is the best..!!

  2. Shannon Gregory says:

    This looks so good, something I would like to try. Im always looking for new recipes. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Liz Neal says:

    It sounds good all except for the fish heads. I can’t see myself eating fish heads. But I guess you wouldn’t have to use fish heads and just use the flesh of the fish.

  4. Hyanne says:

    This is the type of food I miss living abroad because I really enjoy food with sour soup.

  5. Widyaning says:

    Wow, looks so tempting my appetite. A recipe to try.

  6. kailee bowman says:

    That looks and soubds delicious, thanks for the recipe. Have to try it:)

  7. elizabeth says:

    Hi, this looks interesting. never seen this before. thanks for sharing!

  8. Anne Alexander says:

    sounds like a scrumpious new recipe to try.
    God bless,

  9. jared's mum says:

    this is one of my fave dishes but i never had the guts to prepare it. it sure looks easy the way you do it. maybe i should try it one of these days!

    thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

  10. Michelle Lewis says:

    Oooo…that looks yummy!

  11. Kelvin says:

    This is such a wonderful blog featuring one of my favorite dishes. Now I know how to prepare this sumptuous dish. Thanks a lot for blogging.

  12. RoxanaMotas says:

    looking grate,i will try it

  13. ashleys randomstuff says:


  14. laurie nykaza says:

    I have never tried using the fish heads in a recipe but this one sounds really great with the mustard greens and tomatoes!

  15. veronica lee says:

    I love sour soup and this looks like something right up my alley!! Mmmmmmmm!!!!!! Yummy!

  16. Noel says:

    I’ve never heard of this dish before today. It sounds really interesting and probably tastes like nothing I’ve ever had before. I’ll have to try your recipe out!

  17. Nichole Miller Shamblin says:

    I think I’ll pass since I don’t eat fish but if I did I think it’d be yummy!

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