Filipinos are known to love rice and have it twice to thrice a day on the daily. We pair it with almost everything—from ulam to noodles and even chocolate or coffee!
But there are times when we can’t finish the rice served in one go, and we have leftovers which we all feel guilty about us because we grew up hearing, “Sayang ang kanin. Mahalaga ang bawat butil,” from our parents and grandparents. This is why when we don’t finish our rice, we usually just keep it for the next meal so it wouldn’t go to waste.
But did you know that you can still spice up your leftover rice and turn it into a delicious dish? And no, it’s not just plain sinangag you can make! You can make new kinds of fried rice dishes that your family will surely love. We list three fried rice recipes you can make for your loved ones. (Read: 3 Ways to Use Pancake Mix for Breakfast Twists)
Parmesan Rice Cakes
Parmesan rice cakes are somewhat similar to the Filipino torta—it’s just that in this case, instead of using meat or vegetables as the main ingredient, it uses rice. The ingredients are also easy to find and the recipe is easy to follow!
The ingredients are as follows:
- 3 cups cooked rice
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup onion finely minced
- 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper or to taste
Get the recipe here.
Chicken Fried Rice
If you want something quick to make and easy to bring, then chicken fried rice is perfect for you. It combines the rice and ulam in one bowl and even has vegetables to make it healthy. This is also perfect if you’re already going to work and you don’t want to bring lots of stuff.
Check the ingredients here:
- 1/4 cup neutral oil
- 4 cup cold, cooked rice
- 1 to 1 1/2 cup chicken, cooked and cubed
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables peas, carrots, and corn
- 4 green onion sliced
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp honey
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
You can find the recipe here.
Egg Breakfast Rice
Despite its name, the egg breakfast rice is definitely not just for breakfast—you can eat it anytime you want. And just like the previous recipe, it combines the rice and ulam, which makes it easier to cook and bring—not to mention fewer dishes to wash! But if you’re not the type to eat much meat, you can opt for this recipe as it only has eggs and vegetables.
These are the ingredients you need:
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup cooked rice
- 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil, optional
- 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds, optional
- 1-2 tbsp green onions , thinly sliced
- salt, to taste
Go to the recipe here.