Arroz a la Cubana

arroz a la cubana

I dare say that anyone who has spent a great deal of time cooking has made arroz a la cubana at least once…knowingly or unknowingly. :)  Wikipedia simply defines Arroz a la Cubana, which literally means Cuban-style rice, as “a Spanish dish consisting of rice, fried egg and tomato sauce.”  How simple is that?   

In my 4 years in high school, I remember having one too many servings of this dish at a popular fastfood among UST students located on Dapitan Street, Janet’s.  It is served on a sizzling plate with a piece or two of fried saba bananas and a fried egg on top of the ground beef.  That’s pretty fancy for students, don’t you think? ;)  My friends and I ended up smelling like the dish by the time we got to class but we didn’t really mind.  It’s nothing a little baby cologne couldn’t fix. :lol:

I have whipped up this dish countless times in the 6 months that I’ve made the kitchen my territory.  It’s simple and one could do very little to sabotage it.  Hahaha!  It’s one of hubby’s favorite dishes…one that his paternal grandma, Lola Sion, used to make for him.  Well, I could never compete with Lola Sion’s arroz a la cubana, or anybody’s lola for that matter!  ;)  But my most recent version of the dish just had hubby complimenting me to high heavens. ;)  Credit goes to MarketMan whose version I followed, save for the ground pork (which I have ran out of) and addition of green peas. :)  Thank you, MarketMan!

The not so secret procedure and ingredients:  Saute some garlic and chopped onions in vegetable oil for a minute or two.  Throw in some chopped tomatoes (or just add tomato paste).  Then add the ground lean beef and ground pork and cook until the liquid evaporates.   Add several tablespoons of Kikkoman soy sauce and 1/2 or 1/3 the amount of Worcestershire sauce.  Add salt and pepper to taste if you feel the dish still needs further seasoning.  One may add green peas but hubby and my daughter didn’t want any so no green peas for us.  Hubby isn’t a big fan of raisins in dishes as well, but I held my ground on this and went ahead to add about a tiny box and a half of raisins.  He just picked them out of the dish. :lol:

I fried some bananas to accompany the dish.  The bananas needed a sprinkling of sugar as they weren’t sweet at all.  I miss Philippine saba bananas! :(  We had fried eggs as well! ;)  The arroz a la cubana “showcase” won’t be complete without the hot steaming rice.  Yum! ;)

arroz a la cubana showcase ;)

Not bad at all, if I may say so myself! ;)

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9 Responses to “Arroz a la Cubana”

  1. Marketman says:

    Looks great to me… :)

    Thanks for the visit, MM! I really appreciate it! :)


  2. JMom says:

    so that’s what that dish is called! We were served this at my aunt’s house one time and I loved it especially with the fried saba. My kids aren’t crazy about raisins either that’s why I never tried making this for them.
    Maybe it’s time to give it a try ;)

    Hi JMom! You know what, a lot of people really don’t realize that they’re eating or cooking arroz a la cubana! :razz: It’s my hubby who really refers to the dish by its real name while I sometimes choose to simply call it “ginisang giniling”. :lol: Just don’t put raisins in the dish. My daughter and I just outvoted my hubby on the raisins while I got outvoted on the green peas. Happy cooking! :smile:


  3. Meeya says:

    i remember janet’s version, pero i hardly ordered it kasi nga beef (pero nago-order naman ako ng lasagna, so ganun pa rin, haha!). anyway, i cook it with ground turkey now (alam mo naman, high blood yung ipinagluluto ko) and i still put raisins (kahit hindi kinakain ng mag-ama ko), and a few cubed potatoes, too.

    Alam mo, hindi ko talaga matandaan na hindi ka kumakain ng beef noon pang high school tayo! :lol: Uuuy, bagong version yan ah…ground turkey. Masubukan nga. Puwede palang 5 days in a row mag arroz a la cubana ano?…iba-ibang ground something ang gagamitin. Hee hee! Ground beef…ground pork…ground turkey…ground chicken… ;) Malamang magyaya na naman kumain sa labas ang asawa ko pag ganun ang ginawa ko! :lol:


  4. Leap of Faith! says:

    I love arroz ala cubana… actually serve me any dish with giniling-like ingredients and I’m solved.

    Keith, you’re so easy to please naman pala. Ayan, baka giniling ang palaging i-serve sa’yo ni Pinky! :lol:


  5. Pinky says:

    How do you cook such perfect sunny-side ups? Share the secret naman! Mine always ends up with a cooked-through yolk (whether intentionally or not!).

    I have to agree with Keith – he’s a sucker for anything with cround beef/pork!

    Pinks, to be honest, I don’t know how each egg will turn out when I’m cooking. :lol: I actually hold my breath and unconsciously say a silent prayer that it comes out perfect! Hahaha! I think the trick is to use a good-sized frying pan and an equally good-sized spatula/egg flipper (or whatever you call it!)…halatang baguhan sa kitchen…and I’m referring to myself! Hahaha! ;)


  6. Leah says:

    hi weng! bloghopped lang from Jen. I love AAC! My mom makes a yummy batch, complete with fried eggs and banana too. Na-miss ko tuloy ang pinas! :)

    Hi Leah! Welcome to my food site. :) Try mo gumawa. Madali lang! ;) Thank you for dropping by and have a great weekend!


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