“From cooked to leftovers, Quarant-Rice Lovers are not running out of ideas on how to make this staple food into something delectable.”
Rice is a basic commodity that every Filipino home has. It usually covers half of a typical Filipino plate. Our meal wouldn’t be complete without a cup of it. As the cliche says, “Rice is Life”. We are a “Rice People” and it gives us pure bliss when it comes to satisfying our gastronomical needs for rice.
Well, here are some of the simple yet unique Filipino Rice Dishes, you’ll definitely love to try even for the nth time at home.
Filipino Garlic Fried Rice
Much known as “Sinangag”, and a dish I know most of us are familiar with. With just two or three ingredients, Quarant-Rice Lovers surely would not miss this out. Availability-wise, check!
- 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 12 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 c cooked rice, cooled and dry
- ¼ tsp salt
- Dash fresh ground pepper
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced (for garnish)
- 4 eggs (optional, for serving)
- In a large wok or skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and add the minced garlic. Stir fry the garlic for 2-3 minutes, until it turns a light golden color. Carefully remove the garlic from the pan, leaving the garlic-infused oil behind. Drain the fried garlic on paper towels until cool.
- Add the cooked rice to the garlic oil in the wok, stirring to coat all the grains with oil. Spread the rice out in the wok, covering as much surface area of the hot pan as possible. Let the rice cook, undisturbed, for 3-5 min. Stir the rice well, then spread it out again and cook, undisturbed for 3-5 min more. Continue this process until the rice is cooked to your liking.
- Once the rice is golden and starting to get crispy, return the fried garlic to the pan (saving some for garnish, if desired).
- Season the rice with salt and pepper and transfer it to a serving dish.
- Garnish with extra fried garlic and sliced scallions.
- If desired, serve the rice topped with fried eggs. You may read more here