by Meryl Fulinara
I love breakfast.
Breakfast for breakfast. Breakfast for dinner. Brunch … bitches love brunch.
Silog is a typical Filipino breakfast plate made up of garlic fried rice, over-easy eggs and some type of sweet-salty meat. Proteins include tapa (salted beef marinated in a soy and vinegar base), tocino (sweet caramelized fatty pork), bangus (smoked milkfish), and longanisa (pork sausage).
This dish combines several things I love: breakfast, tacos and a possible coronary. Perfect.
Filipino longanisa, thawed
Fried rice (see recipe below)
“Salsa” (see recipe below)
FILIPINO FRIED RICE
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups cooked rice
1 tbsp soy sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 roma tomatoes, deseeded and diced
1/4 small red onion, diced
1 tbsp fish sauce
1. Combine tomatoes, red onion, fish sauce and lime juice for salsa, and set aside.
2. Heat a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat and add minced garlic – stir constantly until the garlic is crispy and golden. Add some oil to the pan, and stir in the pre-cooked rice. Make sure the rice is coated with oil and spread it across the pan in an even layer. Let it cook for a couple minutes, stir, and repeat this process until the rice is heated through and starting to brown. Stir the soy sauce into the rice, season to taste and set aside.
3. Add about an inch or so of water to a frying pan, and add the links of longanisa. Let them simmer, rotating the sausage every few minutes, until the water totally evaporates.
4. While sausage is cooking, cook up your sunny-side up eggs and heat tortillas. The longanisa should change color and start to caramelize when ready.