Among the ever-growing variants of silog breakfast dishes in the Philippines, chosilog is probably one of the least ubiquitous. The reason? Spanish-style chorizo is pricey so chosilog does not exactly qualify as carinderia fare.
But, for homecooking, we can indulge. If not everyday, at least, once in a while. And this breakfast dish is so worth the premium price of good chorizo. And you don’t need a lot to make good chosilog. Spanish chorizo is spicy and richly flavored, and a little goes a long way.
Spanish chorizos or Spanish-style chorizos are available canned (packed in lard) or frozen. How many chorizos you need depends on their size as well how much you can consume.
When sauteeing the spice base for the rice, is no need to cook the garlic in oil for a long time because Spanish-style chorizos already contain a lot of spices. So, don’t go overboard with the garlic. You want a hint of garlic in the rice and not overwhelm the dish with too much of it.
Go easy on the salt and pepper because you are cooking the rice in highly seasoned fat.
Chosilog (Chorizo, Garlic Fried Rice and Egg)
- Slice the chorizos into rings.
- In an oil free pan, fry both sides of the chorizo slices until lightly browned along the edges and a pool of fat has formed around them.
- Scoop out the chorizo slices and set aside.
- Measure the required amount of rendered fat (you may store the rest, if any, in a jar in the fridge) and reheat.
- Over medium heat, saute the chopped onion with the oregano until the onion bits appear translucent.
- Stir in the garlic and continue sauteeing for half a minute.
- Add the rice and toss quickly.
- Pour in the tomato sauce, if using, and sprinkle in salt and pepper.
- Cook, tossing the rice around, until heated through.
- Add the chorizo slices to the rice and cook for another half a minute.
- Taste the rice and adjust the seasonings, as needed.
- To serve, place the fried eggs on plates and ladle the chorizo fried rice on the side. Optionally, sprinkle with torn cilantro before serving.