Ate Rica’s Bacsilog

Ate Rica's Bacsilog

After accompanying my husband for his quarterly medical check-up, we decided to buy take-out food for our daughter and the rest of the family. While he was at another fast food joint, I went to another and to meet later. After buying what I needed, I saw the newly-opened Ate Rica’s Bacsilog kiosk at Rolex Place, a commercial building located along Rolex corner Dahlia streets, Bgy. Fairview, Quezon City.

The first time I’ve heard of Ate Rica’s Bacsilog was three years ago over Karen Davila’s TV show, “May Puhunan”. Since then, I became curious about what it tastes like. Come on, who doesn’t love bacon?

According to the story, Rica Penalosa a.k.a. Ate Rica, used to push her cart every day at De La Salle University (DLSU) to sell fried bacon and egg with rice or what Filipinos call “bacsilog”.

“Bacsilog” is a portmanteau or a blend of words in which parts of multiple words are combined into a new word. Originally, it means bacon, sinangag (fried rice), and itlog (egg). However, in the case of Ate Rica’s Bacsilog, they use sinaing (steamed rice).

When DLSU provided permanent food stalls along Agno Street behind the university, Ate Rica found a new home and said goodbye to her rickety food cart. In 2015, she opened another branch at the University of Santo Tomas in front of the university hospital. Since then, the business expanded through franchising.

I rarely go out during the pandemic so I didn’t notice that the kiosk opened sometime last October 2021. So when I saw their signage, I became excited and craved to buy their signature product.

Upon ordering, the food crew started to fry chopped bacon and egg on the grill. After several minutes, the fried chopped bacon bits were put on top of a cup of steamed rice placed in a paper bowl. Then the fried egg was placed on top of the bacon. The crew asked if I would prefer to put cheese sauce and liquid seasoning and I said to go ahead but be easy on the cheese sauce.

When I arrived home, it was dinner time so I immediately tasted this bacon rice meal. The saltiness of the bacon and the richness of the fried egg went together with the steamed rice. Imagine if it were fried rice instead of steamed, it could have been too greasy. Although the bacon was cooked through, it was not crunchy as I expected. Also, I was happy that the cheese sauce and the liquid seasoning did not interfere with what I expected of a typical bacon rice meal. For some, the cheese sauce and the liquid seasoning enhance the flavor but for me, it could have masked the star of the show which was the bacon. At Php 79.00 pesos, I would say it was worth it.

There are more rice meal varieties available at Ate Rica’s Bacsilog which I and my family would like to try someday. I’m going to rate this 4 out of 5 stars because although I was not raving for what I’ve tasted, I am more than happy and satisfied.

Published by Issa Bacsa

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