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Arroz a la Cubana

Jun 07

Wikipedia says that Arroz a la cubana, means Cuban-style rice. Maybe the Philippines version came from our Spanish ancestors. The Philippine version consists of rice; ground beef sauteed with onions, garlic, tomato sauce, diced potatoes and diced carrots; a fried egg and a native plantain (saba), sliced length-wise and fried. I love dishes with anything that contains “saba” so here is a simple recipe I want to share with you.

1/2 cup ground pork
1/2 cup ground beef
1/4 cup raisins
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup onion , sliced
1/3 cup tomatoes, sliced
4 saba bananas
salt and pepper to taste
cooked rice

1. Saute garlic in oil. Add onions, tomatoes, and when soft, add the ground pork and ground beef.

2. Cook covered until meats are done.

3. Add raisins and cook a while longer. Season to taste.

4. Peel bananas and slice lengthwise. Fry in a little cooking oil.

5. Arrange hot rice on individual platters and spoon meat mixture on top.

6. Arrange fried bananas around rice. Just before serving, fry eggs and top dish with one egg.

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (390 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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  1. quiapo /

    This brings back memories of my mother preparing this.
    Her recipe is basically the same as yours, except that she added peas. She also arranged the rice in nice little mounds, by pouring some olive oil in a cup and packing the rice. The rice would come out neatly in a mound and she would put a fried egg on top, with the mince meat mixture on the side.

  2. i want to try your recepe this coming ichristmas. And looks good for the whole family. Also i was thinking of something different dish this coming christmas and thank you for your site kusina .ph i like this site

    More power…

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