Filipino Garlic Fried Rice with Vinegar Sauce (Sinangag-Style)

filipino-style garlic fried rice

First off, this is not an authentic Sinangag. When I discovered this fried rice dish, I also discovered that every household in the Philippines has its own spin on the traditional breakfast dish. Some use garlic and rice only. Some add soy sauce.

Many serve the vinegar sauce on the side only. As I played with variations on the recipe, I felt the rice needed a bit liquid while stir frying. I hit upon this approach after misreading a recipe in Saveur ( Adding the sauce to the stir fried rice mellows the vinegar and garlic a bit, while incorporating heat from the red chile flakes.

If you prefer, omit the sauce while stir frying. You’ll still need a good amount of garlic, remembering to reserve some for a crunch topping. It will be delicious either way.

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Filipino Garlic Fried Rice with Vinegar Sauce (Sinangag-Style)

filipino-style garlic fried rice

By Kassia Krozser Published: January 11, 2015

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Ready In: 20 mins

Fast, easy, and, dare I say?, addictive, this gluten-free fried rice recipe is traditionally made for breakfast, but I think it's perfect any time of day!



  1. Stir vinegar, chile flakes, 1 tbsp. garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl; set aside.
    Vinegar, Minced Garlic, and Red Pepper Sauce for Fried Rice
  2. Heat oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high. Add remaining garlic, and stir fry until just golden, 1–2 minutes. Transfer two tablespoons of the garlic to a plate; set aside.
    Minced garlic for Fried Rice
  3. Add the rice to wok. Stir Fry, stirring and breaking up any large clumps, until rice is heated through, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage or meat if including
    stir frying cold, leftover rice
  4. Add 1/4 to 1/2 the sauce, and mix thoroughly into the rice mixture.
    adding the gluten-free vinegar, garlic, and pepper sauce
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Top each bowl of rice with fried or poached eggs and serve reserved sauce on the side.
    filipino-style garlic fried rice

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