Did you ever have that nagging food craving? Like hmmm, I could really eat a good burrito right now or I want Boiling Crab’s hot cajun shrimp and Alaskan king crab legs. Well, that was me a few days ago. I was craving some Pinoy food (another way of saying Filipino food). I was particularly interested in getting some sort of silog.
What’s that? The silog word is a combination of two other filipino words. The “s” comes from the word “sinangag” which refers garlic rice, and “ilog” comes from word “itlog” which refers to egg. It’s basically a rice plate that always come with two eggs (cooked hard over easy) and accompanied by a main entree. This rice plate is commonly served in the morning. Yes, we have hearty breakfasts. But really, the meal can be eaten and ordered any time of the day.
Here are some popular examples:
Tapsilog- dried/cured beef with garlic rice and eggs
Longsilog– longganisa (sausage) with garlic rice and eggs
Tocilog- tocino (sweet pork meat) with garlic rice and eggs
Bangsilog– bangus (seasoned fried milk fish) garlic rice and eggs
Going back to my craving, the girls and I joined my friend Rose for lunch at a Filipino restaurant she recommended. I was surprised to see each rice plate cost $7.95-$9. They usually cost $5-$6 in San Francisco. When the server finally came to our table, I was delighted to see a generous portion of food. We had so much, I had left over for dinner. Mmmm, good!