My childhood memories are always filled with laughter and what else good food!Have you heard about garlic that could make people cry? Probably not yet. Well I thought when I was a kid that it was only onion that could make people cry but I was wrong. I still remember way back in high-school, my dad went home with a kilo of garlic a gift he received from a old friend. The next morning, “Ate” our eldest sister decided to cook some garlic fried rice to make use of our left-over rice and at the same time to impress our dad. But when my Dad came home he was so furious for my sister used 1 kilo of garlic in doing the fried rice. She’s been scolded and she cried the whole day because of garlic :-) there you have it.
As I enjoy my breakfast yesterday I couldn’t help but remember all those fried rice I ate growing up as a kid. My dad boasts of his greatest fried rice recipe. And I assure you it’s true. Love this simple garlic fried rice recipe!
Fried Rice Recipe (Sinangag sa Bawang)
about 2 cups of left-over rice
* It is always better to use the left over rice. Not only they are economic but it is easier to cook them than freshly cooked rice. If you are using freshly cooked rice let it stand for a while until its not hot anymore or else it will stick to your pan
some gloves of garlic pounded (you can use more or less depending on your taste)
some cooking oil
salt, pepper, a bit of soy sauce
you can add some chopped ham, grean peas or any vegetables sitting on your fridge (but they are optional)
You will start by mashing the rice grain by grain using a fork or your hand (its your choice). My dad normally wets up his hand to facilitate this task. Warm up your pan then put your rice that’s been separated grain by grain. The idea is that it is no longer a big mass of cooked rice. Over medium heat continue stirring the rice so it won’t stick or be burnt. When the rice is hot enough, make a small hole in the middle put your pounded garlic and your cooking oil. Brown a little bit the garlic and fold the rice. Add some salt, pepper, soy sauce to taste. Presto it’s done. You can add up also some chopped omellete, ham and some vegetables.
ps, my dad used to have a glass of water standing by. He drizzles some water from time to time when the fried rice becomes too dry.