Traditional Filipino Breakfast

We rarely eat rice for breakfast since moving to the Northeast. Our everyday fare would normally be toast, cereal or fruits and yogurt. I was at the Asian store earlier today and saw in the freezer section a pack of chicken “tocino” (Filipino cured meat). I thought of making “Tosilog” (Tocino + sinangag + itlog) with it, a traditional Filipino breakfast. Roughly translated this is cured chicken meat, garlic fried rice and sunny side egg over easy.

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“Sinangag” or garlic rice is made by browning minced garlic in 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. You then add cold cooked rice, stir fry until hot and season with a little salt.

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I cook the chicken tocino by adding 1/4 – 1/2 cup water with the meat in a non-stick pan. Let the water reduce considerably and wait till the meat release it’s own juice. Add a bit of oil and cook until browned and caramelized.

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Tocino + Sinangag + Itlog = Tosilog