Arroz a la Cubana (Filipino style)

Arroz a la Cubana is a popular rice dish in Spain. It did not originate in Cuba despite it’s name. It is made up of rice, tomato sauce and a fried egg sunny side up.

The Philippines has it’s own version, which includes ground meat and fried saba bananas (similar to plantain).

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To prepare, you will need steamed white rice. I used jasmine rice which is a personal preference. You can use whatever variety of white rice you have or like.

Start by saut̩ing onions and garlic in a little olive oil. Then add you ground beef and cook until browned. Add your diced carrots, peas, diced red bell peppers and raisins. Season with 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Add 1/4 Р1/2 cup water if the mixture appears to be too dry. Dash of pepper to taste. Cook until vegetable are crisp tender.

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Cut your saba banana lengthwise in half or thirds and fry in a non-stick pan. Set aside. In the same pan fry your eggs sunny side up.

To serve, scoop rice into a small bowl or cup and unmold on to a plate. Top rice with your fried egg. Arrange your fried saba bananas and ground beef around your rice.

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