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Bagoong Rice under PHP200: A Complete Baon Meal⁠ That Even Comes with Green Mangoes

October 15, 2019

We’ll bet as soon as you saw “bagoong” in the title, you started salivating. (It’s not for everyone, but since you’re here, we’ll assume that you’re a fan.) We’re giving you another way to enjoy the condiment in your day-to-day. Sure, it’s great to partner with green mangoes as an afternoon snack. But take it up a notch by making it the star of your next lunch.

The most supportive food ever: baGOong.

This one’s for big eaters with low budgets. For only PHP94.39 per person, you get two (!) cups of rice, chicken, egg, and an onion salad. Costs are cut because you use one ingredient—the bagoong—twice: in the rice and in the chicken. You can even add more crunchy vegetables, and the recipe would still be under PHP200.

You can use any bagoong you like. We used a sweeter kind in our version to complement the heat of the chilis and the sourness of the green mangoes. Get spoonfuls of each component for a comforting, not-too-sweet, not-too-salty explosion of flavor. It’s also good cold, so you don’t even have to worry about heating it up again before eating.

Bagoong Rice Meal

  • Serves: 2 people
  • Active time: 45 mins
  • Total time: 45 minns
  • Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

Omelet

  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Chicken

  • 250g chicken breast, pounded thinly
  • 1 tbsp. bagoong
  • 1 tbsp. oil

Bagoong Rice

  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 red chilies, sliced
  • 3 tbsp. bagoong
  • 4 cups rice, cooked and cooled
  • ¼ cup spring onion, chopped

Assembly

  • 1 cup green mango, sliced into thin strips
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • Prepared omelet, cut into strips
  • Prepared chicken, cut into strips

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. For the omelet, beat eggs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour eggs into a pan over low heat and cook in one piece until dry and cooked through.
  3. Remove from pan and let cool completely before slicing into strips.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Marinate the chicken breasts in bagoong for 10 minutes.
  6. In a pan with oil over medium heat, cook chicken until cooked through and browned, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  7. Remove from pan and let cool completely before slicing into strips.
  8. Set aside.
  9. For the rice, heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  10. Add the garlic cook until fragrant but not brown, about 3 minutes.
  11. Add the bagoong and cook for 1 minute more.
  12. Add the rice over high heat and mix well, until coated in the bagoong.
  13. Remove from heat and stir in spring onions.
  14. Transfer rice to a plate and garnish with green mango, peanuts, red onion, prepared omelet, and prepared chicken.​
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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