Arroz a la Cubana is a Philippine dish that consists of sautéed minced beef, white rice, fried egg and fried cardaba (saba) banana. A dish that originated from the Spanish arroz a la cubana which is nearly similar but instead of the sautéed beef it is served with tomato sauce. Another version of this dish also exists in Peru where it is served not with tomato sauce neither beef mince but with fried hot dog. Arroz a la Cubana when directly translated means “Cuban rice” but despite its name this dish did not originated from Cuba but in Spain.
Another simple dish to prepare and best of all it a complete meal where you can get your fruits, carbs and protein in one plate.
Ingredients (Sautéed Minced Meat)
300g lean minced pork
300g lean minced beef
1/2 cup corn kernels
1/2 cup green peas
1 carrot, diced
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
freshly ground black pepper
cardaba (saba) banana, sliced crosswise
fried egg (sunny side up)
1. In a pan add a small amount of oil then fry banana pieces until golden brown on each side. Remove from pan then set aside.
2. Using the same pan add oil then sauté garlic and onions.
3. Add minced pork and beef and cook until slightly brown in colour.
4. Add the corn, peas and carrots and cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add soy sauce and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Turn heat off then set aside.
6. Place rice in the middle of the plate, top it with fried egg, place Sautéed Minced Meat at the side and fried bananas on the other side. Serve.