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Rosti with Fish Fillet on Tomato Puree Sauce May 16, 2017

Rosti with Fish Fillet on Tomato Puree Sauce

Location: Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines

Welcome Back, Jeanne
Jeanne is partial about my rosti. I haven't done it in a while. Now that Jeanne is coming back from her Iligan travel, I thought a rosti welcome-back dinner together with some friends is in order. It also gives me a chance to try this new recipe I have long toyed-with in my mind.

Rosti, Fish and Killer BBQ Sauce
Rosti is a versatile dish that can substitute for rice, bread or pasta. Traditionally in Switzerland, rosti is topped with sausage. But in this recipe, rosti is paired with baked fish fillet with tomato puree sauce. This combines the best of classic Swiss cooking with a proven killer sauce for great barbecue flavor.

Rosti with Fish Fillet on Tomato Puree Sauce
rosti topped with fish fillet on tomato puree bbq sauce

Basic Rosti (Swiss Potato Pancake)



  1. boil the potatoes - boil the unpeeled potatoes in salted water until very close to being fully cooked. Strain and allow to cool enough to handle. You can peel the skin or just leave it on. Grate the potatoes into a deep bowl and leave to cool completely. Do not flatten. When no longer hot, put the bowl inside the fridge without covering. TIP - do this part a day in advance to allow the potatoes to dehydrate.
  2. fry in a cast-iron skillet - on the serving day, heat butter on the skillet. When the butter sings, dump a hefty serving of the potatoes on the skillet and start flattening and shaping with a spatula. A 3/4' thick rosti would be ideal. Sprinkle with salt and add milk along the sides. Cover the skillet and allow the potato to form a crust. Use medium-low heat for 20 minutes and then flip or use a plate to flip the rosti. Cook another 20 minutes. You're done.

TIP - when you flip the rosti, this would be a good time to put the fish in the oven so both cook at the same time.

Tomato Puree BBQ Sauce

This sauce is deceptively good. The ingredients are so simple. But when done right, it brings out so much flavor. I would use this sauce on bland fish - the sauce will carry-on the flavor with the fish flavor taking supporting role. It can also be used for lamb to counter the gamey taste.



  1. combine all in a small bowl and refrigerate

Baked Fish



  1. rinse the fish and make sure it's fully thawed. Strain and pat dry with paper towel
  2. lavishly spread the oil on the fillet
  3. on a skillet, heat the butter and lightly fry the fish, both sides. Do not fully cook
  4. transfer the fish on a baking tray in an oven toaster and top with the tomato puree sauce. Broil for 8 minutes. You are done. TIP - best to time this part when you flip the rosti on to the other side. That way, rosti and fish cook at roughly the same time and can be served immediately

The rosti and the fish should be timed well to cook at the same time. Cut the rosti into serving size, put the portion on individual plates and top it with the fish. Best to serve chilled dry white wine. Bon appetite!

--- TheLoneRider

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tourist attractions in Cebu City tourist attractions
  • Tops in Cebu City Tops - hilltop offering panoramic view of the city
  • Taoist Temple in Cebu City Taoist Temple - temple on a hillslope in Lahug with panoramic view of the city
hotels in Cebu City hotel
  • Hostel Seven Cebu - newly opened, resto/bar, central location, solo/group travellers
    Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City
  • S Hotel Cebu S Hotel & Residences - new hotel, luxury rooms, central location
    827 M. Velez corner Andres Abellana St.
cafes in Cebu City resto / cafe / bar
  • Fujinoya Fujinoya - new and refreshing twists to Western style desserts using Japanese techniques
    Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City - tel. 888.6075
  • Bad Boys Wingz Bad Boys Wingz - Buffalo Wings, unique versions of sauces! Great service, accommodating staff, bad boys vibe
    Kasambagan, Cebu City | (032) 415 4811
yoga in Cebu City yoga
  • Love Yoga World Love Yoga World - yoga studio
    11/fl, Skyrise 2 Tower, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
  • Yoga Now Yoga Now - first Yoga and Wellness studio in Mactan offering daily Yoga Classes
    at The Yacht Club Mactan
mountain biking in Cebu City mountain biking
  • Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure - MTB tours, bike sales and repairs. Bed and Breakfast + Resto Cafe + wifi
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More Information about Cebu City

Cebu City to Camotes Island

Camotes Islands to Cebu City

  1. Poro - Cebu City (fastest and most direct) - go to Poro and take the 8am or 5pm Ocean Jet to Pier One in Cebu City, P380/pax/aircon, 2 hours
  2. Consuelo - Danao - Cebu City - go to Consuelo (San Francisco) and take the Jomalia Shipping boat to Danao, P220/pax, a/c, 2 hours, daily trip - 5:30am, 7:00am (special trip), 8:30am, 12:00 noon (express), 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (express, Fri/Sat/Sun only). From Danao, take the Ceres Bus to Cebu City

Cebu City to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental by Boat

Cebu City to Dumaguete via Liloan

  1. Cebu City South Terminal - take the southbound Ceres bus to Liloan, P200, 5 hours
  2. Liloan - the bus drops you off at the Liloan Port where you board the Fastcraft to Sibulan, Negros Oriental, P62, 30 mins
  3. Sibulan - at the Sibulan Port, the jeeps wait for Fastcraft passengers to take them to the public market in Dumaguete, P12, 30 mins.
  4. Public Market - at the market, you can take any tricycle to your hotel, P8 for short trips

Cebu City to Tagbilaran, Bohol

  1. Weesam Express - Pier 4, departs 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 2 hours
    one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
    round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - Pier 1, departs 6-7-8-9:20-10:40-11:40AM, 1-2-4:20-6:35PM, 2 hours
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63 932 8734 885 / +63 922 8572 300
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - Pier 1, departs 08:15-13:30-15:10-18:00-19:40
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000
  4. Lite Ferries - Pier 1, departs daily 12:30pm, 10:00pm and 1:00pm (Mon, Wed, Sat)
    Standard (Lying) Php 150, Tourist (Lying Aircon) Php 340
    +63 977.822.5483 / +63 998.999.5483 / +63 925.347.5483 / (032)255-1721 to 26 / (032)414-9001 to 03 /
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Suggested Destinations in Cebu

  1. Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
  2. Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
  3. Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
  4. Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
  5. Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
  6. Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
  7. Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
  8. Barile Waterfalls - Barile
  9. Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
  10. Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market
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