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When you were a kid, you definitely had a list of favorite baon or dishes to bring to school while you were growing up. From savory meats to sweet treats, knowing you had something good in your lunchbag made any mundane school day just that bit more exciting. At least you had something to look forward to once the recess or lunch period bell rang! More often than not, one of the top main courses on that list would be tocino. And for good reason, too; this cured pork combines the sweet and salty in an absolutely divine way. Everyone loves tocino — even as you get older. And if you want to do something new with this lunch favorite, look no further than this tocino fried rice!
Tocino Fried Rice
Sweet, thin strips of juicy pork; no one can resist the allure of a good old fashioned tocino! The Spanish word for “bacon,” tocino in this country refers to something a bit different from the dish the Spanish know. In the European country, pork belly is not cured or smoked; instead, they fry pork cubes then add it to other traditional recipes. This is a large contrast to tocino in the Philippine context, which is a meal in itself! Everyone loves the sugary but also very savory taste of tocino. The marinade usually consists of sugar, salt, and even pineapple juice for that hint of tartness. You can cook it over medium heat and render the fat, or fry it in oil. Sometimes, others choose to just boil it in water. However you cook tocino, the satisfying and scrumptious result is all the same!
One of the most popular ways of enjoying tocino is, of course, having it for breakfast! We’ve all heard of the –silog meal combo. Here, a timeless Filipino breakfast consists of your viand of choice, plus an egg (scrambled or sunny side up—however you like) and delicious garlic rice. Popular examples of this would be tapsilog and longsilog. But there’s no doubt that tosilog takes a high position on the list of favorite breakfasts, too! The sweetness of tocino pairs perfectly with the umami rice and creaminess of your egg. And you can’t forget about the refreshing kick a serving of atchara can provide, too! Taking all these components together results in an explosion of flavors in your mouth—in the best way possible!
Tocino Fried Rice Ingredients
So now we know how much Filipinos love tocino. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this tocino fried rice will certainly be a favorite of yours, too! How can it not be, when it combines everything Filipinos love — among others, tocino and rice? If you’ve ever had yang chow fried rice before, this is almost like a Filipino breakfast rendition of that very recipe. Our sweet and savory tocino can transform any leftover rice into a culinary feast. And when you combine that with green peas, carrots, and eggs? There’s just no stopping those waves of flavors that will surely put the best spin on a classic breakfast!
For those who are on the go and can’t seem to find the time to make tocino, don’t worry! Luckily, this recipe calls for a pack of CDO Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino, instead of requiring you to make your own! With all the things you love about tocino, this is sure to make your tocino fried rice even more of a hit.
Let’s get cooking! Here’s how to make your tocino fried rice.
Heat 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan. On low to medium heat, fry both sides of your CDO Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino, until it browns in color. There’s no need to boil it; frying is enough. When it’s the ideal shade of brown you want it to be, take it out of the pan and slice it into serving pieces. Then, set it aside to prepare your eggs. After beating your 3 eggs, fry them in the same pan, after you heat it again and add 2 more tablespoons of cooking oil. When you’ve finished frying your eggs, place them on a clean plate and also cut them into smaller serving pieces.
You have your tocino and egg down. Now, you have to make the rest of your tocino fried rice — including the rice itself! In the same pan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter, then add your tocino. For about 30 seconds, cook just the tocino in the pan, then add your leftover fried rice. We recommend about 5 cups for the most optimal of family serving sizes. Toss and continue cooking your rice for about 3 minutes, then season with soy sauce, salt, and ground black pepper. These will give your recipe even more flavor and seasoning—particularly the umami taste of your soy sauce.
Have you blended all your ingredients well? It’s now time to add your carrots and green peas. Continue cooking for about 2 minutes, before adding your egg slices back in the pan. The last 30 seconds is devoted to tossing your tocino fried rice together, making sure it’s as incorporated as can be!
When you’re happy with the outcome, you can now transfer your tocino fried rice to a serving plate. Whether you’re eating it alone or with a main course, this dish is guaranteed to impress and delight. Share and enjoy it with your loved ones! Let us know what you think of 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!