Make use of leftover rice and team it up with protein-rich chorizo that packs a flavour punch and goes well with a creamy, runny egg yolk (or however you like your eggs). And what exactly is that, you ask? Cho-si-log – short for chorizo, sinangag (fried rice), and itlog (egg).
Such a simple meal, isn’t it? And yet some kind of magic happens when you bring all three together on a plate. It satisfies. Period. With minimal cooking, too.
You might think this is only good for breakfast but I don’t see why you can’t serve it for lunch or even dinner.
What kind of chorizo should you use?
Get a thick and spicy Spanish chorizo, a cured pork sausage with its typical red color, thanks to paprika. Two of these should be enough for this recipe. So, if you can find the one that comes in two per pack then you are good to go.
What type of rice is good to use for fried rice?
It is best to use cooked, day-old, medium to long grain rice such as jasmine or basmati because they hold their shape better and are less sticky when stir-fried compared to short grain rice. White rice is preferred but you can use brown rice, too.
What else goes into the fried rice?
Garlic – it does not only make the rice taste good but it is also believed to have medicinal properties that lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Studies also suggest that both fresh and cooked garlic had anti-inflammatory effects.
Onion – it adds natural sweetness to the dish when cooked until soft and caramelised. Not to mention it is rich in antioxidant compounds and also contains calcium, potassium, Vitamin C, and folate.
Dried oregano – a widely used herb that boosts the taste of food. It also offers heaps of health benefits with its antioxidant and antibacterial agents, which can help treat the common cold, cough, and sore throat.
Tomato ketchup– it adds more flavour and colour. Need I say more?
How about the chorizo, does it have any health benefits?
It may come as a surprise to some of us that this cured sausage is loaded with B vitamins, particularly vitamin B1 and vitamin B12, which helps in energy production. And since chorizo is made of pork, it is also high in protein and rich in selenium.
How To Make Chosilog
Chosilog (Chorizo-Fried Rice-Egg)
- 200-250 g Spanish chorizo (2 pcs.)
- Oil (fat rendered from the cooked chorizo)
- ½ small onion, diced
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 3 ½ cups cooked rice (day-old)
- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 eggs
- Slice the chorizo into rounds and fry in an ungreased pan over medium heat. Cook until lightly browned and caramelized on the edges.
- Transfer the chorizo onto a plate and set aside. Leave the oil fat rendered from the cooked sausage.
- Saute the onion and dried oregano for about 3 mins or until the onion has softened. Add the garlic and fry for 30 seconds.
- Stir in the rice and break it up as it cooks.
- Add the tomato ketchup and stir to coat the rice.
- Return the cooked chorizo back into the pan and mix it with the rice.
- Taste and add salt and pepper as necessary. Transfer the chorizo fried rice to a serving dish.
- Fry the eggs as you like them. Then serve the chorizo fried rice with the eggs. Enjoy!