Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pseudo Filipino Breakfast

My husband was raised by his great-grandfather, who was Filipino. He grew up eating things like this - delicious, filling, cheap, and did I mention delicious?


The basic formula is mostly rice, a couple eggs, and a little meat. Garlic rice is preferred, where you take day-old cold rice, and fry it with garlic (think Chinese fried rice, but without the soy sauce). But you can just as easily mix fried garlic chips into the rice. Cook your eggs however you want. I like over-easy. Husband likes scrambled. But not really scrambled - pour the eggs into a skillet, poke the yolk, let it cook slowly, chop and flip a little. You want the separate areas of white and yolk, not a homogeneous concoction.

For the meat - the best would be longanisa. Or tocino. If you don't have access to either of those, cube some Spam and fry it in a hot skillet. Or, even better (IMHO), although it does sound strange at first, cube up some hot dogs, and fry in a skillet with a little bit of mustard (plain yellow is fine) and black pepper. Seriously. Something about the mustard and pepper makes it taste...not like a hot dog...

For garnish, add sliced green onions, some Sriracha or other hot chile, soy sauce, a splash of fish sauce, fried garlic chips. Whatever you add, it will be good.

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8 comments:

caninecologne said...

Hi Vicki - those sounds like the kind of breakfasts that my mom used to make when i was young. fried rice with some sort of meat (longanisa, tocino or tapa) or sliced spam or chopped hotdogs(ha ha, it's separate from the meat category) with fried eggs (but she scrambled the eggs). this is comfort food!

cool about the 'filipino connection'!

caninecologne said...

i meant, "that" not "those"


i is a college student. heh.

Vicki said...

Hey CC - I love the Filipino connection. Without it, I would never have eaten this, or learned how to make adobo :)

Stash said...

Looks awesome. I'm going to hijack this Longganisa recipe to do the same thing: http://www.diningchicago.com/blog/2010/05/19/eat-this-longganisa-sweet-filipino-sausage/

Vicki said...

Hi Stash! Thanks for the link - that's got to be better than hot dogs!

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Dennis K. said...

Hi Vicki, my only experience with a tocino breakfast was at Jollibees and I really enjoyed it! The rice was nice and garlicky too. I need to get some good tocino one day for my own weekend breakfast at home.

Vicki said...

Hey Dennis - I keep hearing about Jollibees, I'll have to check it out!