This type of fish is well-known in the Philippines, and can be cooked or prepared in many varieties, such as, but not limited to:
- Fried/Smoked Bangus
- Steamed Bangus
- Relyenong (Stuffed with diced onions, salty egg and tomatoes) Bangus
For all types of preparations, the belly of the bangus, or "bangus belly" is usually the most sumptuous part of the fish's body since it has the softer meats and contains majority of the fish fats and oils. These fish fats and oils, contrary to fats coming from land-based animals, are very healthy and usually contain good amounts of Omega-3.
For more perverse and covert purposes of unmentionable nature, the word BANGUS may also refer to any girl or woman that has the name or nickname which sounds similar to "bangus", "bangus belly" or "belly". Some names that fit the description are listed below:
-IsaBEL or IsaBELa
-BELLI, BELLIE, or BELLY
-Bell or Belle
***This requirement is a MUST for it to have any relation with a girl/woman. Using this term on a girl with a name or nickname that DOES NOT sound like "bangus", "bangus belly" or "belly" will render the term's effectivity and meaning null and void.
These women may be described as "slippery" or hard to get/get a firm grip on -like a fish- and may be used when other people, usually of the opposite sex, currenty have a hard time getting to go out with, or talk to the person refered to as a "bangus". This term may also be used if the person being refered to is within earshot of any conversation the people who are refering to her as a "bangus" may be having. This keeps the vital information or dialogue that is shared from being distinguished or recognized by the girl/woman refered to as a "bangus".
The term "bangus", given the above constraints, may be lastly used by people who have a desire to be with the girl/woman refered to as a "bangus". This allows, with little fear of criticisms of immoral desires from any random witnesses, the verbal display of what that person would like to do, or have, with the refered, such as a personal, intimate relationship, or sexual contact or activity.
The term "Banguuuuuuuuuus!" is a derivation of the original term "bangus", and when used in dialogue, it is more likely that the person or user of the term is refering to a girl/woman instead of an ordinary Milkfish.
I want to eat that bangus. (Refers to girl)
I would like to stuff that bangus. (May refer to fish or girl)
That bangus is hot/smokin'. (Refers to a freshly-fried/cooked fish)
That bangus is hot/smokin'. (Refers to a hot-looking, beautiful girl/woman)