Binagoongan Fried Rice
Another all-time favorite recipe of Filipinos, especially in the Tagalog region of Luzon is the binagoongang baboy or pork with shrimp paste.
4 cups cold rice
1 to 1 1/2 cups binagoongan baboy
Binagoongan Baboy (will yield more than needed for binagoongan rice recipe)
2 lbs pork belly, sliced into 1-inch cubes
4 to 5 tomatoes, diced
1/3 cup shrimp paste
1 onion, peeled and diced
3 to 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 cup vinegar
1 tsp sugar
2 cups water
salt and pepper
In a wide pan or skillet, heat oil. Add rice and saute until loosened.
Add binagoongan na baboy mixture, stirring until well combined. Continue to cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes until rice is completely heated through. Serve hot with broiled fish of choice.
In a pot, heat oil. Saute onions and garlic until fragrant. Add in pork cubes and continue to cook until browned and lightly toasted, stirring occasionally to prevent from burning.
Add in shrimp paste. Saute until shrimp paste slightly darkens in color.
Toss in tomatoes. Continue to cook until tomatoes are softened, squishing regularly with back of spoon.
Pour in vinegar. Allow to a slow boil for around 3 to 5 minutes. Pour in water. Stir in sugar. Add in chilies. Lower heat, cover and simmer until sauce is reduced and pork is fork-tender.
Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper to taste.