Garlic fried rice

Garlic fried rice

Sinangag

By
From
7000 Islands
Serves
4
Photographer
Jana Liebenstein

I have vivid childhood memories of my mother cooking sinangag. Its garlic fragrance would waft through the house like the Pied Piper’s melody, beckoning me for breakfast from my bedroom. The tune also had a rhythmic beat as the garlic caramelised in the hot oil and the rice sizzled as it hit the pan — shake, rattle and roll! Upon its call, I’d run to the kitchen to find my mother dividing it among bowls to be crowned with fried egg and a dash of soy sauce.

The secret to good sinangag is to use cooked rice that’s at least one day old. Freshly cooked rice is too moist and mushy, and won’t give you the individual glossy and lightly oiled grains that’s a signature of the dish. Chunks of garlic are also key — you want a range of sizes, including a whole bruised clove. These become golden and chewy once cooked, just make sure not to burn them.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
60ml vegetable oil
7 garlic cloves, 3 smashed and 4 roughly chopped
740g day-old steamed white rice
2 teaspoons salt flakes
fried eggs and soy sauce or catsup, (optional), to serve

Method

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, deep saucepan over high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 30 seconds, or until fragrant and golden.
  2. Add the rice and cook for 2–3 minutes, breaking up clumps with a wooden spoon, until warmed through. Season with the salt and toss to combine. Divide the sinangag among bowls and top with fried eggs and a drizzle of soy sauce, to serve.

What is it?

  • Sinangag is an indispensable Filipino breakfast item. Its savoury flavour makes it the perfect accompaniment to other morning favourites, including beef tapa (cured beef) and fried eggs. The combination is so popular, it is known by a contraction: tapsilog = tapa + sinangag + itlog (egg). Other hearty variations exist, including tocilog (with pork tocino), bangsilog (with bangus fish) and my personal favourite, longsilog (with longganisa or Filipino sausages).
Tags:
Filipino
Philippines
Asian
South
East
SBS
7000
Islands
Islander
Yasmin
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