I’m a Filipina who grew up in NYC and now lives in Hawaii. Growing up rice was always part of the breakfast menu, actually it was part of every meal. This my have been considered weird back in the 60’s in NYC, but when my family moved to Hawaii in the late 70’s we fit right in.
Growing up we always had an electric rice cooker filled with rice in the kitchen. Left over or day old rice was fried with garlic for breakfast the next morning, we called it “Sinangag”. These days Filipino restaurants call it “Garlic Fried Rice”. Whatever you call it Filipino fried rice is delicious with fried eggs and breakfast meats, preferably Filipino cured meats like Tocino or Tapa.
My grandmothers would make fried rice every morning adding their own twist. Traditionally I think it was made by stir frying left over rice with garlic. My family added soy sauce and green onions to this mix, so that’s pretty much how we make it today.
In Hawaii which is a melting pot of different cultures the Filipino garlic fried rice has melded with other Asian versions of fried rice. On the islands an order of Fried Rice is a meal by itself covering most of the basic food groups; dairy, grains, meats, and veggies, depending on what you put in it.
I look at making fried rice like I do making Lumpia or Eggrolls; you toss in whatever you find in the fridge and call it a day. I simply build ingredients around day old rice (using fresh rice isn’t recommended as it can get too mushy). Fried Rice can be as simple as stir frying garlic and rice or as elaborate as tossing in seafood, meat, and vegetables, like what you’d find on a Chinese Restaurant menu.
If I’m serving it as a side dish then the simpler version usually works best, but if I intend for it to be a complete meal then of course I add more “stuff” in it. So today I’ll share my “recipe” for easy fried rice. Measurements really aren’t that important because it pretty much depends on how much day old rice you have. If you do decide to make it using fresh cooked rice then decrease the water when cooking so that the rice is drier and not mushy; it helps to make fresh rice in the morning and letting it “dry” a bit before making fried rice for lunch or dinner.
Easy Fried Rice
Cooked White Rice – preferably day old rice
1-2 Tsp. Minced Garlic – adjust to taste
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce – adjust to taste and the amount of rice you have
Scrambled Egg chopped into pieces
Meat – I use canned Spam or Portuguese Sausage but you can use any type of breakfast meat you want like bacon or sausage – cooked and diced
2-4 Stalks Green Onions Chopped
1/2 Cup Frozen Green Peas (Optional)
2 Tbl. Oil
Cook and dice your Egg and Meat – set aside.
Heat Oil in Wok or Frying Pan
Stir in garlic and cook about 45 seconds. Don’t let it burn – lower heat if you have to.
Add cooked rice and mix well with garlic. Break up any large clumps of rice.
Drizzle soy sauce over rice and stir in making sure it is evenly distributed. Add more a little at a time if needed. Don’t over do the soy sauce as your fried rice will be too salty.
Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix in to the rice evenly.
Garnish with extra green onions if desired. Serve hot.
Callos Recipe or (Ox Tripe Stew) was introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. It is a very traditional dish in Madrid, Spain. This savory stew of ox tripe and shank is cooked with spicy chorizo de bilbao and commonly served with olives.
Although this dish seems a little difficult to prepare because the ingredients are many, the cooking process consist only of sautéeing the garlic and onion then pouring every ingredients one by one then simmering it until it’s cooked. The hardest part is preparing the ox tripe and ox feet. You have to clean the ox tripe if you bought it from the wet market. But in supermarkets, you can buy them already cleaned.
2 lb. ox feet, cut into pcs.
2 cups beef broth (from the boiling tripe and ox feet)
2 pcs. chorizo de bilbao, cut into ¼-inch thick pcs.
½ (15.5 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 lb. honeycomb tripe
1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
3-5 strips bacon, diced
2 pcs. thai chili peppers, stemmed, minced
¼ cup vinegar
4-6 cups water
1 pc. onion, peeled, quartered
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp. peppercorns
2 pcs. bay leaves
1 pc. onion, peeled and minced
4 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
½ pc. red bell pepper, seeded, cored, cut into cubes
½ pc. green bell pepper, seeded, cored, cut into cubes
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tbsp. salt or salt to taste
1 tsp. pepper or pepper to taste
Cut and discard any yellowish fat or loose membrane attached on the flat side of the tripe with a knife.
Combine vinegar and salt in a bowl then add tripe and enough cold water to cover, soak for about 50 – 60 mins., drain and rinse well under cold running water.
In a pot over medium heat, add the beef tripe, ox feet and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil for about 10 to 20 minutes. When scum begins to rise, drain in a colander and discard liquid.
Rinse tripe and ox feet, rinse pot.
Place meat in the pot and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats on top.
When broth clears, add quartered onions, crushed garlic, peppercorns and bay leaves. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat are tender but not falling apart.
In a colander, drain tripe and ox feet. Discard aromatics and reserve about 2 to 3 cups of the broth.
Allow meat to cool to touch. Cut meat off ox bones and slice into 1-inch thick strips. Cut tripe into 1-inch thick strips.
In a pot over medium heat, add bacon.
When bacon begins to render fat, add the chopped onions, minced garlic and chili peppers and cook until limp.
Add Chorizo de bilbao and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned and begins to release color. Add paprika and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes.
Add meat from ox bones and beef tripe. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, stir regularly.
Then add the tomato sauce and 2 cups of the reserved broth.
Bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 40 to 50 minutes or until meat are fork tender and sauce is reduced at least 1 cup.
Add garbanzo beans and cook until heated through. Add bell peppers and green peas. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until bell peppers are tender yet crisp and green peas are heated through.