Alternative namesGarlic fried rice, garlic rice, Filipino fried rice, Philippine fried rice
CourseMain course (Breakfast)
Place of originPhilippines
Region or statePhilippines, also popular in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore
Created byFilipino cuisine
Main ingredientsFried rice in oil with a lot of garlic
VariationsAligue rice, Bagoong fried rice
Similar dishesMorisqueta tostada

Sinangag (Tagalog pronunciation: [sinɐˈŋag]), also called garlic fried rice or garlic rice, is a Filipino fried rice dish cooked by stir-frying pre-cooked rice with garlic. The rice used is preferably stale, usually leftover cooked rice from the previous day, as it results in rice that is slightly fermented and firmer. It is garnished with toasted garlic, rock salt, black pepper and sometimes chopped scallions. The rice grains are ideally loose and not stuck together.[1][2][3][4][5]

It is rarely eaten on its own, but is usually paired with a "dry" meat dish such as tocino (bacon), longganisa (sausage), tapa (dried or cured meat), Spam, or daing (dried fish), as well as the addition of scrambled or fried eggs. Unlike other types of fried rice, it does not normally use ingredients other than garlic, in order not to overwhelm the flavour of the main dish.[1][2][4][5] In the Visayas regions of the Philippines, sinangag was traditionally seasoned with asín tibuok.[6]

Sinangag is a common part of a traditional Filipino breakfast and it usually prepared with leftover rice from the dinner before. Sometimes, it is cooked in the leftover sauces and oils from Philippine adobo, lessening food waste. Preparing sinangag from freshly-cooked rice is frowned upon in Filipino culture. It is one of the components of the tapsilog breakfast and its derivatives.[1][2][3][4][5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Cabrera, Maryanne (April 18, 2018). "Sinangag Filipino Garlic Fried Rice". The Little Epicurean. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Vanjo Merano. "Sinangag Recipe". Panlasang Pinoy. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Sinangag". Kawaling Pinoy. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Garlic Fried Rice (Sinangag) - How to Cook". Filipino Food Recipes. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Recipe #21: SINANGAG (Garlic Fried Rice)". Luto ni Lola. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "Tultul "Rock" salt from Guimaras". Flavours of Iloilo. Retrieved December 19, 2018.