the silog is a filipino breakfast of champions and a fun exercise in compound words. the basic composition is some kind of sweet or salty meat (tocino, in the case of above, it is sweet cured pork), garlic fried rice (sinangang, i made mine out of brown rice and added soy sauce), and a fried egg (itlog). so if your meat is tapa (thinly sliced, cured/dried beef), you’ve got tapsilog. longanisa (sweet or savory sausage), you’ve got longsilog. SPAM? spamsilog (don’t hate, appreciate). and so on and so on.
kamatis (tomato) and suka (vinegar condiment) round out the hearty meal. not for everyday, but a nice weekend treat. i wasn’t really aware that this was such a big filipino tradition, i just ate it growing up and thought nothing of it. when i lived in san francisco, i learned just how pinoy it really is. i even went to one restaurant, Cherry Garden, that had an entire part of the menu devoted to various silog permutations. it was heaven. my friend arnold has more pics of silog combos on his blog, inuyaki.com.
anyway, please excuse me while i go
into food coma for a walk on this gorgeous sunny day! thanks to MJ for sharing her dad’s homemade tocino!
p.s. anyone know where can i get some pampanga’s best tocino or longanisa around here?