If you’ve ever been to Cagayan de Oro, have lived here, or are currently living here, then you have most likely heard of SLERS, the brand that introduced American country-style ham to the country. A lot has happened since SLERS sold their first few legs of ham over four decades ago. The company has diversified their products and ventured into other branches of the food industry.
Nine years ago, SLERS Express Meals was born out of the SLERS owners’ desire to allow the general public to sample their products by venturing into the quick service restaurant industry. Conveniently located at the ground floor of Gaisano City Mall, right in the heart of Cagayan de Oro’s Central Business District, Express Meals was meant not only to give people a chance to enjoy SLERS products at more affordable prices, but also to give them ideas on how to prepare these products in more fun and unique ways.
One such innovation offered by SLERS at their Express Meals restaurant is the Chicharice. This is basically our beloved fried rice with a twist. As the name suggests, the main ingredients of the dish is cooked rice and the famous SLERS chicharon. Most of those who have tried the dish will agree that it is one of the best reasons to visit the restaurant more often.
But what if you just don’t have the opportunity to dine at SLERS Express Meals as often as you want? In that case, why not try preparing this simple but mouthwatering dish on your own?
It’s easy! You simply need to prepare the following ingredients:
- 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 1 small onion (chopped)
- A strip of pork belly (marinated and chopped)
- 1 egg
- A bowl of cooked rice
- SLERS special chicharon
- Spring onions
Okay, now let’s get on with the cooking. You know how to make a scrambled egg, right? Well that’s the first thing you need to do. As soon as your scrambled egg is ready, set it aside and then start sautéing the onion and garlic on low heat until their aroma is released and the garlic is golden brown in color. Add the pork belly and continue sautéing until the meat is cooked. Now add the rice and scrambled egg, and then mix all ingredients together. Your dish is now ready for plating!
Plating your home-cooked chicharice such that it looks as appetizing as the dish served in the SLERS Express Meals restaurant is as easy as cooking the dish. Simply mold the fried rice in a small bowl and then set it on a plate. Top the rice with a few pieces of SLERS special chicharon (you can use the regular SLERS chicharon if you like, but the special chicharon looks a lot more enticing, don’t you agree?) and then garnish with chopped spring onions.
Ta-da! You are now ready to serve your very own version of the SLERS chicharice!
Eating at home doesn’t have to be a boring, repetitive experience. You can easily jazz it up by preparing simple but fun dishes, taking your cue from SLERS and their delicious express meals. The next time you find yourself near a SLERS store or Pica-Pica cart, don’t forget to grab a pack (or more) of their special chicharon so you can enjoy some chicharice with your family within the comfort of your own home. You could even turn the preparation into a bonding experience by letting your children assist you in plating the dish. Now, what can be more fun than that?
The simplicity of their dishes and the unique twist they tend to lend to Pinoy favorites are indeed among the main reasons why SLERS Express Meals has remained strong in the nine years it has been in operation. Today, it has become a landmark for simple, affordable, and delicious meals in the City of Golden Friendship. Locals and tourists alike commend it not only for serving quick meals, but especially for always maintaining high quality in their food, something the SLERS brand has been known for since 1969.
The good news is that you can bring that quality and sense of fun into your own home by preparing meals the way SLERS does, and the chicharice is definitely a good place to start. Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this dish will be a sure hit with your loved ones. You may even want to go a step further and serve the dish during a weekend get-together with friends. Have fun and enjoy!