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Sinarapan fish from Lake Buhi

Scientific name: Mistichthys luzonensis

Also known as tabios.

Reputedly the smallest fish in the world, sinarapan measure half a centimeter and are found swimming in Lake Buhi, Camarines Sur, in large thick schools.

Tabios (Sinarapan)

Photo of Tabios (Sinarapan) by @tcnanz

When dried, the fish stick together and look like patties of ukoy, with only the heads visible.

Sinarapan are wrapped in banana leaves and cooked with tomatoes in a clay pot, fried in cakes, or made into an omelet with slices of hot peppers.