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Silogs are probably the most iconic breakfast in the Philippines. Silog is two words combined: sinangag (garlic fried rice) and itlog (egg). The fun part of the dish is the protein. The four most common are: bangus (milkfish that has been fried), longanisa (local pork sausages), tapa (thin slices of fried beef), and tocino (thin slices of sweet marinated pork that has been fried). Silogs then become three words combined. For instance, on a menu you can see these choices: bangsilog, longsilog, tapsilog, tosilog.
I guess you can think of this as being similar to the typical hearty American breakfast of eggs, bacon or sausage, and toast. Except here you have that Asian influence of rice instead of toast and that Filipino influence of garlic rice and our local meats.
I consider myself a health-conscious eater. So if I do indulge in a silog for breakfast, it's because I'm on vacation or I'm planning to have an overly physically active day. However, on an average day, I typically consume a strong cup of coffee and a local fruit, such as mangoes, papayas, chicos, or mangosteens. (By the way, I'll proclaim this here: We have the best mangoes in the world. They are incredibly sweet and smooth in texture.)
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