Canned sardines are the Southeast Asian equivalent of canned tuna. It’s a great convenience food that many people enjoy, even crave! I keep at least one can of Ligo sardines in tomato sauce to eat with rice or toast, or to make the filling for sardine puffs (karipap sardin). I also stuff the sardines in banh mi.
Ligo is one of the prevailing brand sold at Asian markets. The cans are the size of small tomato paste cans. There's enough for a generous single portion, making it perfect for lunch. Here is what it looks like:
But I never thought of making my own until the other day, when I was staring down at freshly caught sardines at the market. I live on the Monterey Bay in California and periodically local markets such as Staff of Life health food store and Whole Foods carry them. Sardines were over-fished in the bay (remember Cannery Row?) but that doesn’t mean that they are no longer around.