I’m actually a little extra overly excited to share with you today’s post. Not that I wasn’t excited over my previous posts, but this one has a slight twist. So this week I cooked Lola’s fried rice. Now for some, fried rice isn’t the most stir crazed meal. Granted, you can order it from any Chinese restaurant as take out. However, Lola’s fried will make look at fried rice differently. Normally, on Sunday mornings my mom or dad would make the typical Filipino fried rice and have Ligo sardines or some sort of meat on the side. I may write about the typical Filipino breakfast as a future post, so stay tuned! Anyways, having Lola’s fried rice would be for special occasions.
You may be asking how exactly Lola’s is different. What made Lola’s so special was that in her fried rice, she adds an assortment of meats and seafood. What makes it different from the rest is that her recipe includes adding Chinese sausage.( mind blowing right?!) Typically you think of sausage to be savory, but Chinese sausage is normally smoked and sweetened. Since it is sweet, it balances the savoriness of the dish and adding Chinese sausage goes a long way. You also can’t have fried rice without a fried egg or else it isn’t a complete dish.
Now, you might be looking at the title of this post and think, “Why did you play off of Mean Girls?” Well I’m about to teach you Filipino etiquette. To eat Lola’s fried rice, or any Filipino dish, properly you have to eat it with a spoon in your right hand and a fork in your left hand. For as long as I can remember I always thought, “Why do people eat rice with a fork? Doesn’t the grains just fall off? Or why try to cut your meat with knife at the table? Too much work switching silverware.” Maybe this a question my fellow Filipinos have been asking themselves since the day they were born, as we are “trained” to eat with a spoon in our right hand. Also, Lola told me knives are meant to be in the kitchen not at the table. Well in that case, you know you’re Filipino if you can even cut your meat with a spoon. To all my Filipinos out there, you know it’s a skill when you can cut a steak with a spoon. I know it’s a far fetch method, but I’m telling you it’s easier to eat every grain and cleaning your plate is a breeze. Time to ditch fork and pick up the spoon.
Until the next post…
Kain Tayo! (Let’s eat!