The Pepper Guide to Simbang Gabi Breakfast #1: Dirty Dak Rice

December 16, 2015

The dawn of Simbang Gabi across the Philippines starts the clock on the 10-day countdown to Christmas. For the willing, days begin when nights haven’t ended, and the extra early hours awake are made merry with the anticipation of scarfing down a plate of breakfast grub. There is gravitas in the morning meal, and in the forthcoming days, you’ll be seeing some Pepper team favorites—along with that, the ways in which we exalt them.

Dwight Co – Co-founder

My earliest memory of getting offended over food was when I preached the Gospel of Spam to a classmate who responded with, “Who likes spoiled parts of anonymous meats?”

Like its equally carcinogenic cousin bacon, who is at least made of real pork, Spam just works with everything. I’ll just fry the crap out of it to get that beautiful crust, slice it to about half an inch thick so I can pretend it’s steak, and throw a cup of garlic rice on the side. Such efficiency, such beauty, such Spam.


Dirty Dak Rice

In the Pepper Dirty Dak Rice, Dwight’s preferred Spam alternative is sliced into fine sheets and fried into crisps. In place of white rice, a loaded breakfast garlic rice packs on an understated heat.  

Total Time: 30 minutes | Yield: 2-3 servings


  • 1 can Dak luncheon meat
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 small onion, sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp spanish paprika
  • 2 tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 leek (green part), sliced for garnish
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Thinly julienne 3/4 of the can of Dak. Cube and reserve the remaining 1/4. Fry the Dak in oil until it turns crisp. Drain on a paper towel and set aside.
  2. Fry the garlic and onions until the garlic is slightly browned. Add the paprika, tomatoes, and rice. Toss and sauté until the rice is completely blended and fragrant.
  3. Top the rice with the crispy Dak and sliced leeks.

What’s your favorite breakfast? Let us know in the comments below, for a chance to get it reinvented by the Pepper team.

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2 responses to “The Pepper Guide to Simbang Gabi Breakfast #1: Dirty Dak Rice”

  1. Renielle Rebadomia says:

    Hi! Is there a list of the best barbecue in Luzon? There are those (like me haha) that would love to know which are good especially when there are loads of barbecue stalls nowadays.

    From what I remember, best I’ve tried was when we visited Orani, Bataan near Parang parang (?) . I think it’s called Choleng’s Barbecue. The stall is clean (w/c is a major plus) and the sauce is superb!

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