So this rice field topic made me think about rice in general. I don’t know anyone —at least not yet — who does not like rice.
The first time I remember that I actually missed eating rice was during Air Force training boot camp in San Antonio, Texas. Because of the stress of boot camp, I think it was not until after a week when I thought, wow, I have not eaten rice all week! Up to that point, and having lived in the Philippines all my life –and even after moving to the U.S., we ate rice EVERYDAY. Sometimes for breakfast (there is a Filipino simple breakfast staple of Sinangag, leftover rice fried with garlic), and most definitely rice is served during lunch and dinner.
There are probably many hundreds of varieties of rice in the world. I know there are red varieties, brown, purple, long, short, sticky types for deserts, but at that time, all I wanted was a plate of warm, pure white, fluffy rice. Somehow meals did not seem complete without rice.
Eventually the chow hall did serve up rice—the parboiled, reconstituted type that we normally do not eat. But for the moment I was so happy, ahhhh, RICE! And I felt ready to run and do whatever we had to do that day.
Having lived in the US for a long time now, we eat a variety of foods. But still, I cannot go a week without eating rice —actually make that just a few days without rice.
Not quite sure how to make Filipino style garlic fried rice? Here is a great website with a step by step recipe for cooking sinangag: www.simplecomfortfood.com/2009/06/13/sinangag-filipino-garlic-fried-rice/ Photo below courtesy of www.simplecomfortfood.com
If you are accustomed to regularly eating rice, please comment and tell us about a time and your experience when you did NOT eat rice….
And check out Lola Jane’s Filipino Food posts:
- Champorado origins – a chocolate rice porridge and favorite Filipino breakfast
- My New Flan (about my leche flan using whole eggs)
- The Ube, and why Filipinos love purple food!
- Corn and cheese ice cream, anyone?
- Halo-Halo – unique iced tropical treat
- Burgers…and Bangus? On Jolliebee and why the bangus (milkfish) is considered a Philippine national symbol!