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(Mali ba? Hindi ba ito gusto mo makita? I-type at hanapin dito!)
By The Mouse Potato | January 26, 2009
Well, it is one of those questions of mine that was answered by a friend. And it was also a realization that although I have been eating the fish (tilapia) since I was a little boy, I never really thought what do they call it in English?
Now, if you were pulled at this page seeking the answer to the same question then welcome aboard.
Now here is an entry from good old wiki
The common name tilapia is based on the name of the cichlid genus Tilapia, which is itself a latinisation of thiape, the Tswana word for “fish”. The genus name and term was first introduced by Scottish zoologist Andrew Smith in 1840.
As they have been introduced globally for human consumption, tilapia often have specific names for them in various languages and dialects. Certain species of tilapia are sometimes called “St. Peter’s fish.” This term is taken from the account in the Christian Bible about the apostle Peter catching a fish that carried a shekel coin in its mouth. However, no species of fish is named in that passage of the Bible. While that name is also applied to Zeus faber, a marine fish not found in the area, one tilapia (Sarotherodon galilaeus galilaeus) is known to be found in Sea of Galilee where the account took place. This particular species is known to have been the target of small-scale artisanal fisheries in the area for thousands of years.In some Asian countries including the Philippines, large tilapia are often referred to as pla-pla while their smaller brethren are still referred to as tilapia. In Hebrew, tilapia are called amnoon. In Arabic, tilapia are called moosht (brush) – because of its brush-like tail. It is called jilaebi in Tamil.
So it is called St. Peter’s fish and was introduced by Andrew Smith in 1840. It also belongs to the cichlid family which clearly explains the resemblance with my aquarium pets. Just pour in a little color and you are sure to think about placing it on your pet tank.
here is photo in case you don’t know what fish I was talking about.
You can find a lot of recipes in the net about how to cook tilapia. If you ask me I liked it fried (sometimes with tawsi beans). But you can also have it in many other ways such as pinaksiw (cooked in vinegar) , sinabawan (water with tomatoes and other spices) , or with coco milk called as “ginataan”.
Well, hope that it helps