Arroz valenciana is a famous fried rice dish in the Philippines. It is an incredibly flavorful dish made with glutinous rice, meat, and vegetables. The recipe originated in Negros province. It is similar to Paella of Spain and bringhe of Pampanga province. The main difference is the Ingredients used. It is usually served during special gatherings such as Fiestas, birthdays and Christmas. The color of the dish is commonly yellow, sometimes it is orange. To make the rice yellow color, we use turmeric powder. If you want to make it orange, you may consider using tomato sauce. In our province of Silang Cavite, my relatives always prepare this during town fiestas. This is the way we cook Arroz Valenciana and, believe it or not, it is really tasty and delicious. If you are going to have a family party, you may consider doubling the recipe to accommodate your visitors. Honestly, you can eat this dish alone, and no main dish is needed.
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- 1 1/2 cups glutinous rice, uncooked
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1 red bell pepper, cut in strips
- 2 chorizo or wieners, sliced
- 1/4 kilo pork
- 1 large chicken breast
- 1/4 cup frozen or green peas
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp butter
- cooking oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- sliced hard boiled egg for garnish (optional)
- Servings: 5
- Time: 50 minutes
- Level: Moderate
- Cuisine: Filipino
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- Place rice in a pot. Add in the turmeric powder and enough chicken stock to cook the rice. Bring it to a boil and simmer over medium low heat and cook until the rice is tender. This will take approximately 30 minutes. After 1/2 the cooking time (about 15 minutes), stir the rice to prevent it from sticking to the pot. Cooking the rice in a rice cooker is much easier.
- In separate pot, boil the pork and chicken over medium low heat for at least 30 minutes or until the meat is tender. Slice them into chunks.
- Add cooking oil in a frying pan. Fry the wieners or chorizo for at least 1-2 minutes. Set them aside.
- In the same pan, add the butter. Saute onions, garlic and tomatoes until fragrant. Put in the sliced meat and saute it for a few a few minutes.
- Add the peas, raisins, fried wieners, and bell peppers. Season with soy sauce and pepper. Stir until nicely combined.
- Pour in 1/2 cup of water or broth from the boiling pork and chicken and allow to simmer over medium heat for at least 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, add in the cooked rice. Stir over low heat until well incorporated. Salt and pepper to taste. Turn off heat.
- Serve on serving plate. Garnish with hard boiled eggs, if you wish. Enjoy!