When you were a youngster, you almost certainly had a list of favorite baon or foods to bring to school. Knowing you had something wonderful in your lunchbag, from savory meats to sweet desserts, made any humdrum school day a little more intriguing. At the very least, you had something to look forward to when the recess or lunch bell rang! Tocino is frequently one of the best main meals on the list. And for good reason: this cured pork perfectly balances sweet and salty flavors. Even as you get older, everyone enjoys tocino. And if you want to try something new with this lunchtime staple, try this tocino fried rice!
Tocino Fried Rice
No one can resist the charm of a nice old-fashioned tocino, with its sweet, thin strips of succulent pork! Tocino, the Spanish term for “bacon,” is used in this country to refer to something else than the dish that the Spanish are familiar with. Pork belly is neither cured or smoked in Europe; instead, pork cubes are fried and then added to other traditional recipes. This is in stark contrast to tocino in the Philippines, which is a meal in and of itself! Tocino has a sweet but savory flavor that everyone enjoys. Sugar, salt, and even pineapple juice are commonly used in marinades to add a sense of tartness. You may either fry it in oil or cook it over medium heat and render the fat. Others may choose to simply boil it in water. Whatever way you prepare tocino, the end result is always delicious and delectable!
One of the most common ways to consume tocino is, of course, at breakfast! Everyone has heard of the -silog meal combination. A traditional Filipino breakfast consists of your choice of viand, an egg (scrambled or sunny side up—whatever you choose), and excellent garlic rice. Tapsilog and longsilog are two popular examples. But there’s no denying that tosilog ranks high on the list of favorite breakfasts! The sweetness of tocino complements the umami rice and creaminess of your egg perfectly. Not to mention the invigorating kick that a serving of atchara can bring! Putting all of these ingredients together results in a flavor explosion in your mouth—in the nicest manner possible!
Tocino Fried Rice Ingredients
So we now know how much tocino Filipinos adore. As a result, it’s no wonder that this tocino fried rice will quickly become a favorite of yours! How could it not be when it incorporates everything Filipinos adore, including tocino and rice? If you’ve ever tried yang chow fried rice, this is nearly like a Filipino breakfast version of it. Any leftover rice may be transformed into a gourmet feast with our sweet and savory tocino. What happens when you mix that with green peas, carrots, and eggs? There’s no stopping those waves of flavor that will undoubtedly put the greatest spin on a traditional breakfast!
Don’t worry if you’re always on the move and can’t seem to find the time to make tocino! Fortunately, instead of needing you to prepare your own, this recipe asks for a pack of CDO Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino! With all of the qualities you love about tocino, this is sure to increase the popularity of your tocino fried rice.
How to make your tocino fried rice.
In a pan, heat 3 tablespoons of cooking oil. Fry your CDO Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino on both sides over low to medium heat until it turns brown. It doesn’t need to be boiled; just frying it will do. When it’s the right color brown, take it out of the pan and cut it into pieces to serve. Then put it away while you make your eggs. After beating your three eggs, you can fry them in the same pan after heating it up again and adding two more tablespoons of cooking oil. When you’re done frying your eggs, put them on a clean plate and cut them into smaller pieces.
You know how to make tacos and eggs. Now you have to make the rest of your tocino fried rice, including the rice. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in the same pan, then add your tocino. Just cook the tocino in the pan for about 30 seconds, then add the fried rice you already made. We think that the best serving size for a family is about 5 cups. Turn the rice over and let it cook for another 3 minutes. Then, add soy sauce, salt, and ground black pepper. These will add more flavor and dressing to your dish, especially to the umami taste of your soy sauce.
Have you mixed all the items together well? Add your carrots and green peas at this point. Cook for another 2 minutes before putting the egg slices back in the pan. In the last 30 seconds, give your tocino fried rice a good stir to make sure everything is well mixed.
When you’re happy with how it turned out, you can put the tocino fried rice on a plate to serve. This dish is sure to impress and please, whether you eat it on its own or with a main meal. Share it with your loved ones and have fun with it! How do you feel about this tocino fried rice?
- 225 g CDO Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino
- 5 cups leftover rice
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- ¾ cup green peas
- ¾ cup carrot diced
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 5 tablespoons cooking oil
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Heat 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan. Adjust your stove between low to medium heat setting. Fry both sides of our CDO Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino until it browns (note: no need to boil). Remove the tocino from the pan. Slice it into serving pieces. Set aside.
Crack the eggs and beat. Heat the same pan and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. Fry the beaten egg until done. Put it on a clean plate and cut into small pieces. Set aside.
Melt butter on the same pan. Add the tocino. Cook for 30 seconds.
Add the leftover rice. Toss and continue cooking for 3 minutes.
Season with soy sauce, salt, and ground black pepper. Toss until all ingredients are well blended.
Add carrots and green peas. Continue cooking for 2 minutes.
Put the eggs back into the pan. Toss and cook for 30 seconds.
Transfer the tocino fried rice on a serving plate. Serve. Share and enjoy!
What is Tocino Fried Rice?
Tocino Fried Rice is a Filipino-style fried rice dish that incorporates tocino, a sweet and savory cured meat, as the main protein. It is a delicious and popular breakfast or brunch option in the Philippines.
How is Tocino Fried Rice prepared?
To make Tocino Fried Rice, start by cooking tocino until it’s caramelized and slightly crispy. Next, remove the tocino from the pan and set it aside. In the same pan, sauté garlic and onions until fragrant, then add cooked rice and stir-fry it together with the garlic and onions. Finally, mix the caramelized tocino back into the rice and toss everything together until well combined.
Can I use different types of meat for this fried rice?
Yes, if you don’t have tocino or prefer other meat options, you can use different proteins like longganisa (Filipino sausage), bacon, ham, or even shredded cooked chicken as a substitute.
Is Tocino Fried Rice spicy?
No, Tocino Fried Rice is not typically spicy. Tocino itself is sweet and savory, and the fried rice is usually seasoned with garlic, onions, and soy sauce for added flavor. However, if you prefer a spicy kick, you can add chopped chili peppers or a dash of hot sauce.
What can I serve with Tocino Fried Rice?
Tocino Fried Rice can be served as a complete meal on its own, but it’s often paired with a sunny-side-up fried egg on top for added richness and texture. It’s also common to serve it with sliced tomatoes, cucumber, or atchara (pickled papaya) on the side to balance out the flavors.